WHAT A KNOCK: Australia's Beth Mooney bats during the first Womens Ashes T20 match at North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Friday. She sealed the Ashes with her unbeaten 86.
WHAT A KNOCK: Australia's Beth Mooney bats during the first Womens Ashes T20 match at North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Friday. She sealed the Ashes with her unbeaten 86. DEAN LEWINS

Inside Mooney's mindset during her historic knock

YOU have spent the majority of your life training, working hard, and perfecting every part of your game so you can be the best in your sport.

You become a fixture in Australia's Twenty20 team, earn the Women's Big Bash League and Brisbane Heat's Most Valuable Player award, and are given the nod to open the order in an all- important Ashes match.

If Australia wins, it wins the Ashes. Lose, and England closes the gap and gains momentum.

So what goes through your head as you stride to the middle, bat tucked under an arm and a job to do?

"I completely forgot about it,” Beth Mooney said.

The opener, who made her Test debut last week and has made 14 Twenty20I and 17 One Day International appearances for her country, thought she and Nicole Bolton were about to start a chase of 125 on Friday night.

They're actually chasing 133.

It doesn't sound like much, but those eight runs can make an enormous difference in a T20 game.

"I was just going to get out there and go for it,” she said.

"A few came out of the screws. Sometimes you have days like that I'm happy to take them when they come.”

Mooney blasted the English attack to all corners of North Sydney Oval to record the highest score by an Australian woman in a T20I on home soil.

Her highlights package shows she hits the ball the all parts of the ground. She whacks 11 boundaries and two sixes. Her historic, Ashes-winning knock culminates with a cracking shot through the offside which finds the fence.

Mooney, who ends the innings with an unbeaten 86, embraces captain Rachael Haynes in the middle of the pitch as her teammates sprint to celebrate.

"There aren't really any words (to describe it),” Mooney, who played her junior cricket for Cavaliers, said. "In T20 in particular, you never really believe you'll get the job done until it's done.”

While Australia has retained the Ashes, Mooney said there will be no mercy in the remaining games.



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