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Tammy Beaumont joins Darren Lehmann Academy

Friday 6th March 2015

Kent Cricket Academy graduate Tammy Beaumont is working hard after missing selection for England’s tour winter to New Zealand.

The Dover-born batsman joined the Darren Lehmann Academy and Southern District Cricket Club this winter as the 23-year-old aims to fast-track an international recall.

Beaumont, who bats right handed in the middle order, has played two Tests, 23 one-dayers and 33 Twenty20s for England.

Beaumont told the Adelaide Messenger: “Not going to New Zealand was really gutting. I’ve had quite an indifferent career and am always in and out (of England’s sides).

“The fact I didn’t go wasn’t too unexpected but it has spurred me on to come back even stronger.

“I felt I needed to push myself and come to something like the Darren Lehmann Academy.

“I’m really looking for a challenge of what Australia can offer and a different perspective from playing the English way.”

Beaumont, 23, has won four championships and picked up the Lady Taverners County Championship trophy at Buckingham Palace from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“I was so nervous, probably more nervous than when I made my debut for England.

“He was a really nice guy and said a joke that had us all in stitches.”

Beaumont is one of two women at the academy, which helps to develop overseas cricketers.

She will stay in Australia until later this month before returning to the UK for pre-season training with Kent and England.

Kent will host England's only Kia Women’s Test during this summer’s Ashes series and Tammy is keen to play a part at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on August 11-14.

“Hopefully I can get back into the squad for summer and play the Ashes against Australia.

“Just like the men’s, there’s nothing better in cricket than playing in an Ashes series.”

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