Emily Arlott was as surprised as anyone when she was called up to represent England in the India Test.
Emily Arlott said she was “probably as surprised as anyone” to be drafted into England’s squad for the first time ahead of the one-off women’s Test against India next week in Bristol.
Uncapped Arlott was named to a 17-man squad that will be whittled down so that non-selected players can return to the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, where the 23-year-old seamer performed last weekend.
On Saturday, she helped Central Sparks beat defending champions Southern Vipers by 120 runs with figures of 5 for 29, including four wickets in an over and three in three balls.
Arlott has been thrust into England’s set-up for the ninth women’s Test in the last decade, which begins on June 16.
“I’m probably as surprised as anyone that I got the call; I didn’t think my name was even in the running to be considered,” she added. Getting the call rounded off that weekend was really the goal.
“I believe it is the best thing that could have happened to me. If it had been something I had anticipated, I don’t think Saturday would have occurred, where I was attempting to push things.
“Whereas, this year, I’ve spent the entire year doing everything with a purpose but also relaxing with it, and I’ve discovered that the best performances have come from being able to appreciate the moment rather than thinking too far ahead.
“I think not knowing anything about it will serve me well in the long run, especially since I found out on Sunday and will be in Loughborough on Tuesday. It just means that I can get started right away and get to know the ladies.”
I was as surprised as everyone when I received the call; I didn’t think my name was even in the running.
Arlott, who has eight wickets at an average of 15.12 in three Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy matches, believes her selection in the England squad is a foregone conclusion. (This is a brief piece.)