ICC Women’s World Cup 2020 is hyped and has attracted a lot of attention, hopefully, this campaign will see house-full stadiums and playing in front of such a huge crowd is always the test of a player’s nerve. This event will help us understand how far women’s cricket has reached, claims England’s Anya Shrubsole, writes Dan Haygarth.
Anya Shrubsole is an MVP for England, she has been featured for England in almost 150 International games since her debut in 2008. The Somerset seamer was in the Squad when England lifted it’s 50- over World Cup in 2017 by defeating India in a close Finale. She believes filling the MCG would be an unforgettable experience. “For all the girls who were at Lord’s at the 2017 World Cup final, that was an incredible experience to be a part of and if they can fill the MCG that would be absolutely amazing,” Shrubsole told the ICC. “To have that many people watching a women’s cricket final would be record-breaking. I think it just shows where the women’s game has gone that it is something that is a realistic possibility” She added.
The 28-year-old was captured excited for the return in WNCL after the Women’s Big Bash League where she represents Perth Scorchers.“We’ve got a lot of girls actually, who have been at Perth and played a lot at the WACA, Shrubsole added. It will almost feel a little bit like going home for a lot of people. I haven’t been there for about three years. I’m really looking forward to getting back there and playing there. As a seamer, you always look forward to a fixture at the WACA.”
As part of preparations for the tournament, a Tri-Series was held in Australia featuring India, Australia and England Prior to the World Cup. England in the contest was only able to gain 2 points and missed the finale. Final was held between India and Australia and Australia defeated India to clinch victory. And Shrubsole believes that despite England missing out on the final, the competition will stand them in good stead for the World Cup.“To have three of the best teams in the world playing plenty of hard-fought, close games was really good preparation leading into this, Shrubsole added. We had the chance to practice a live super over [in a victory over India], which is something that doesn’t happen very often. We’re also disappointed, we came out here and we wanted to win it, but all in all, it’s really good preparation.”
England will play its World cup opener against South Africa at the WACA and Perth has been a Lucky ground for many in the side.
Source: Yahoo Sports