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England's Women's Ashes Test hero Heather Knight's brilliant 157 came as no surprise to her former MCC Young Cricketers Coach Alan Duncan.
Duncan, who was in charge of the MCC Women's Young Cricketers when Knight spent two years at Lord's in 2009 and 2010, described the opener as having a great temperament from the moment she joined the scheme as an 18-year-old.
"She loved batting, had a simple technique and knew her game," Duncan continued.
"Heather was always very mature for her age and was great at leading from the front when things got tough.
"She has scored big runs from an early age and understands the art of batting."
Her ex-coach's assessment certainly rings true following the 22-year-old's invaluable knock in the only Test of a rejigged Women's Ashes series.
Knight's innings, the seventh highest in Tests by an England Women batter, helped her side recover from a potentially disasterous position at 113/6, sharing a record-breaking 156 partnership with Laura Marsh.
And Duncan believes Knight, who is also a graduate of Cardiff MCC University, has also displayed the right attributes to make her a candidate for the England captaincy in the future.
"I think she could do that job in the future," he added.
"It was great to have her around when I was involved with the [MCC Young Cricketers] team. She has a particularly good cricket brain."
Following the one-off Test, the Women's Ashes Series continues with the first NatWest ODI at Lord's on Tuesday 20 August.