Shrubsole's ability with the bat can be the catalyst for a fourth World Cup title for England’s women, believes Charlotte Edwards
Her age may suggest otherwise but Bath cricketer Anya Shrubsole has the experience to spur England to glory at this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup, that’s according to former captain Charlotte Edwards.
At just 25, Shrubsole is already a veteran of two World Cups, having been part of the victorious team in 2009 alongside Edwards before representing England once again four years later.
Since then, she has gone on to become one of the world’s most talented bowlers, her inswingers striking fear in her opponents every time she runs onto the wicket, whether that be at international level or when turning out for Somerset.
It is that ability with ball in hand that Edwards believes can be the catalyst for a fourth World Cup title for England’s women, having won in 1973 and 1993 before that 2009 success.
With the national side never having lost the World Cup on home soil, Shrubsole and co will not be wanting to spoil that record at this year’s tournament in England and Wales - and Edwards sees no reason why that should happen.
“Anya has been crucial to England’s success over the last four or five years,” said Edwards, speaking on the Nissan Trophy Tour.
“She really came into her own at the 2013 World Cup and was really successful there, and certainly from someone who has captained her, she’s always someone you want in your side.
“If you give her the ball, she’ll make those breakthroughs. She has an impact when she bowls, and she is probably one of the most feared bowlers in the world. If she keeps her fitness up, I think England can go all the way.
“She’s only 25 herself but her experience is going to be so important.
“She came out to Sydney in 2009 when she was only 17, and she learnt a lot from that trip, and was obviously part of that World Cup-winning squad.
“For her, she’ll gained so much experience at the last World Cup and she’s really established herself on the world scene, and this will be the tournament for her.”
This year’s ICC Women’s World Cup will take in four venues across England and Wales from June 24, before culminating in a showcase final at Lord’s on July 23.
And with home advantage sure to play its part when England take to the pitch, Edwards insists it will be an experience Shrubsole will relish from start to finish.
“It’s in home conditions, where she bowls really well, she is feared and she knows that. I’m expecting a massive tournament for her and I really think she can be the difference,” she said.
“She’ll love the opportunity to play on home soil. She’s quite a relaxed character, she doesn’t get too above herself. She just gets on with it and loves her bowling.
“She’s actually very good with a bat too, and I’ve always said that she will be a good all-rounder for England in years to come, just as long as she believes she can do it.
“Her game is improving year on year, so this tournament will be great for her. Hopefully she will swing that ball.”
The ICC Women’s World Cup 24 June - 23 July will see the best women’s ODI teams in the world compete for ultimate glory this summer. Tickets available at icc-cricket.com/tickets
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