Former Oxley student Erin Osborne's part of quest for Ashes

SHE’S got the baggy green and now Tamworth’s Erin Osborne wants Ashes glory.

The Southern Stars begin their quest to reclaim the coveted silverware at the WACA today.

The Poms prevailed 12-4 in the series in England but Osborne believes the Aussie women can – as the men did – turn things around.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the team result (in England),” she said. “But we’re feeling really confident with where we are at the moment.”

The men’s success has created a real buzz  and the women are keen to build on the momentum they’ve built.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Osborne said. “Obviously after watching the men and the whitewash from the men it’s inspired our girls.” 

The series in England saw the former Oxley student earn her first baggy green.

“It was a dream come true to play in England and get a baggy green,” Osborne said. “But there’s a lot more expectation  this time. The First Test you can get away with a bit.”

That said, Osborne had a pretty good debut, taking 3-16 to bowl the Aussies into a strong position on the second day and finishing with 4-83.

She was the leading wickettaker for the series, taking 11 at an average of 26.36.

The WACA Test will be the 24-year-old’s first home Test. Making it even more special,  mum Kerry will be there to watch her.

The Ashes themselves will be contested over a Test, three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

“It’s the second time it’s been held this way,” Osborne said. “We’ve had some experience at it.” 

That experience has taught them the importance of the Test match.  It’s worth the most points. Over in England it finished in a draw.

“We batted well in the first innings and started well with the ball,” Osborne said. “They had a good partnership in the middle which chewed up time.” 

The reality is they will have to bowl England out twice and in a short time, with the Test only going for four days.

“I think we’ve got the attack to do that,” Osborne said. “We have  got a lot of variation.” 

The attack will be spearheaded by Elyse Perry. In England, she was coming back from injury but is bowling well.

Osborne will also have a big role to play. She’s expecting to be employed to bowl a lot of overs and try to tie down an end.

She is expecting the wicket to play fairly similar to the men’s Test.

“The first day there might be a little bit of movement off the seam,” Osborne said.

The plan will be to play positive, play straight early on and build from there.

“It’s all about the first couple of hours,” Osborne said. “Hopefully we can get a couple of good partnerships early.” 

Both squads are fairly similar although England has lost spinner Laura Marsh.

“I think she’s a big loss for them,” Osborne said.

She’s someone who can bowl a lot of overs and really tie down an end. They’ve still though got the quicks who “did a lot of damage up front” in the last series.

While she is in the side predominantly as a spinner, Osborne has been further developing her allround game this season.

“I’ve had a bit more of an allrounder’s role with the Breakers, batting at five or six,” she said.

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