Brunt targets bigger England totals

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England will be working on batting “a bit more aggressively” before their game with ICC Women’s World Twenty20 hosts India, according to Katherine Brunt.

Having started their campaign strongly yesterday with a 36-run defeat of Bangladesh in Bangalore, Charlotte Edwards’ side next face an in-form India in Dharamsala on Tuesday.

England posted 153 for seven yesterday, built on Edwards’ brisk 60. But Brunt, who hit 17 from eight balls down the order, believes there is room for improvement.

Asked by ecb.co.uk where this is, she replied: “Just working on playing with a bit more intent, getting some more runs on the board.

“We still had, I believe, three or four wickets there at the end so if you’re going hard all the way to the end you hope to at least be down the bottom, nine or 10 wickets gone.

“If we play a bit more aggressively and put more runs on the board I think we will be happy with that.”

Brunt, one of England’s most experienced players, knows India are an improving team, as their recent T20 series win over World T20 holders Australia proved.

The hosts also beat Bangladesh in their tournament opener, by 72 runs on Wednesday in Bangalore.

“India are a force to be reckoned with at the minute,” Brunt said.

“They beat Australia 2-1 in a T20 series last month and they obviously beat Bangladesh by a lot the other day, similar to us. 

“They’re not to be underestimated. India, playing in India, are a brilliant team. They’re showing some really good skills and we’ve got to bring our best game. There’s no two ways about it.”

While being willing to bat aggressively if need be, Brunt’s focus is her sharp seam bowling that yielded economical figures of 1-17 from four overs versus Bangladesh.

One of her most effective weapons is the yorker, which she talked about before flying to India with the rest of the England squad.

“If you’re being hit for a lot of runs, for instance, you might change up what you’re doing. One of those varieties would be a yorker,” she explained.

“I tell myself to do a few things as I’m running in. So you’d aim at the black bit at the base of the stumps. (But) where I’m looking is at the top of the stumps because I’d rather it’d be a little more full than a little too short.”

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