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Debutant Issy Wong is on song as England build momentum against South Africa

Debutant Issy Wong is singing as England build momentum in their rainy Test against South Africa… as she reflects on living the dream by taking two key wickets but admits ‘it hasn’t sunk in yet to be honest ‘

  • Issy Wong took two crucial wickets to leave England on top against South Africa
  • She has said that she lived her dream after pulling on the shirt for the first time
  • Wong was added to the squad as a late substitute and played a key role in the debut

Issy Wong said she is living the dream after taking two crucial wickets on the debut as England gained momentum on a rain-stricken day three in Taunton.

The 20-year-old struck twice in the final half-hour of the game as South Africa finished at 55 for three, taking a further 78 runs on the final day to get England back to work.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I started playing cricket at the age of five, so being able to make that dream come true this week was really special,” Wong said.

English debutant Issy Wong has thought about making her dream come true against South Africa

English debutant Issy Wong has thought about making her dream come true against South Africa

When asked about her test call, she revealed, “My mom cried a little. It was something I didn’t expect at all. It hasn’t sunk in yet.’

After taking just one wicket in South Africa’s first innings, Wong looked like the most dangerous of the English bowlers on a day when rain had forced the sides out twice, with Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall sacked.

“It was probably something I didn’t expect at all. It hasn’t sunk yet to be honest, but I’m sure in the next few weeks I can put my feet up for a few days and it will start to sink a little bit.”

Wong (left) took two key wickets and England were able to build momentum in the Test match

Wong (left) took two key wickets and England were able to build momentum in the Test match

After taking just one wicket in South Africa’s first innings, Wong looked like the most dangerous of the English bowlers under the lights on day three, but she doesn’t want to overdo her performance.

“It’s been wild to be honest. We’ve had a little bit of everything, we’ve had good weather, we’ve had some rain, we’ve had some wickets and some runs, it’s probably had it all so far,” Wong said.

“But I’m really enjoying it, I probably only thought it was going to happen a few days ago, so I’m just trying – I guess I don’t think too much about it and just enjoy it for this one, but still try to influence the game as much as I can.’

Afterwards, she said she had wanted to play for her country since she was five

Afterwards, she said she had wanted to play for her country since she was five

South African batter Lara Goodall admitted that getting on and off during the day was a challenge, with two different interruptions due to the weather.

“I think it’s definitely one of the most challenging things (going on and off in the rain),” she said.

“It’s not easy out there, especially with the conditions and all, but our coaches said all the time when we were in the dressing room, just switch off, have a cup of tea, play some cards and just try not to think about cricket.

“Then if we know when we’re going to start again and you start patching up, you’ll just get in the zone, so I guess that’s what me and Laura (Wolvaardt) tried, it’s just a shame we got out in the end come.’

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