England star Issy Wong has described herself as the “Divock Origi of women’s cricket” after taking two late wickets on day three against South Africa.
The 20-year-old was initially a reserve for England’s Test squad, but found herself in the team after Emily Arlott failed to recover from COVID-19 in time.
She has seized the opportunity with both hands, marking her Test debut earlier this week by taking a wicket during South Africa’s first innings.
Wong added two more wicket maidens yesterday, removing Lara Goodall and Laura Wolvaardt to leave South Africa 55-3 in their second innings, 78 behind going into the final day.
When asked if she was a “big-game player”, Wong likened herself to Origi, who had made a habit of scoring crucial goals while playing for Liverpool.
His most notable was during the Champions League semi-final in 2019, when he scored Liverpool’s fourth goal as they overcame a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona.
The 27-year-old is set to sign with AC Milan on a free transfer after his contract with Liverpool expired at the end of last season.
Wong, who is a Liverpool fan, told BBC Sport how she was finding playing for England in a Test match.
“It was completely out of the blue and I’m absolutely loving it,” she said. “I have to pinch myself sometimes. I look down and think, ‘I’m in whites, playing for England, how cool is that?’ It’s been amazing.”
England are currently contesting the final day of the Test match against South Africa, although play has been hindered by rainy weather. Wong revealed her side were gunning for victory.
“The focus now is trying to push for that win,” she said. “We’re really looking forward to pushing to get those wickets.
“We know that it won’t come easy. We’re really excited as a group to put our hands up to win this Test.”