Phoebe Litchfield credits Beth Mooney’s influence after perfect ODI debut


Phoebe Litchfield is one of the rising stars of Australian women’s cricket and the teenager revealed she recently modeled her game on national teammate Beth Mooney.

Fellow left-hander Mooney, one of the world’s best batsmen, presented the 19-year-old Litchfield with his ODI debut cap before hitting an unbeaten 78 off 92 balls in an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in Brisbane on Monday.

The pair opened in the run chase but Mooney was soon dismissed for 1. Litchfield went with it and combined with captain Meg Lanning (67 off 76) to give Australia victory in an innings that Mooney would be proud of.

Litchfield credited his father, Andrew, for giving him the technical grounding in cricket, but Mooney, a run chase master, provided him with the batting blueprint.

Litchfield said, “I have noticed Beth Mooney in recent times, especially in T20 matches and the way she plays.” “She doesn’t need to hit sixes and fours. She just goes about it and makes deposits, so I have taken some inspiration from her.”

“I think I’ve improved my temperament and my power game as well. I was a ‘nerdler’ my first few years. [score] There are a lot of runs behind the wicket, so I have worked on that. Mood [wise]… Barring the balls today, I would probably have hit one in the first over if it was me that old.”

Litchfield started their innings brilliantly. He punished only loose deliveries before going unbeaten at the end of his knock, smashing a drive cleanly over mid-off for six.

It was fitting that the veteran Mooney presented the cap, where she prepared a speech and had lots of positive things to say about the debutant.

“It was so sweet and he gave me [speech] notes. I’ve got that in my cricket kit and I think it will absolutely stay there for a hopefully long career,” Litchfield said.

The recently retired Rachael Haynes and the injured Alyssa Healy opened in the last ODI Australia played in last year’s ODI World Cup.

Litchfield is modest about her future prospects ahead of the T20 World Cup, where she will tour South Africa with Healy on his return from a calf injury.

“There’s a spot at the top of the order with the Alyssa Healy injury and I put my hand up but you look at the Miz [Healy] And Mooney’s success, and even Rachel’s success, and I’m not looking to disrupt that,” she said.

“I’m happy to run drinks for a long time. I’m happy to be around this group. If there’s an opportunity I’ll take it but I’d be happy to see Miz back.”


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