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Tammy Beaumont: ‘I genuinely doubted whether I was good enough’

The England opener talks about how coaches revived her confidence from rock bottom and helped her become a spearhead of the team’s World Cup challenge

The 2014 World T20 was a dark time for Tammy Beaumont. Having turned 23 on the eve of the tournament, she travelled to Bangladesh as part of an experienced England side and was seen as the person to give the batting some lower-order punch. For once it was a set role, something she has craved since making an international debut keeping wicket and batting at No10 against West Indies in 2009.

England made the final, falling to Australia, but Beaumont failed miserably in the tournament. Four innings returned 10 runs. All in, she faced 28 balls. “I genuinely came home having doubts about whether I was good enough to be an international batter,” she says. “Was I wasting my time?”

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