Shrubsole inspired by Root heroics

Anya Shrubsole says England women hope to gain inspiration from Joe Root and Jason Roy’s heroics last Friday when they face India in their second ICC Women’s World Twenty20 match.

Charlotte Edwards’ side got their campaign up and running with a 36-run victory over Bangladesh last Thursday, then watched in amazement as the men successfully chased 230 against South Africa.

“That was an amazing game,” Shrubsole told ecb.co.uk.

“I’m pretty sure everyone was watching; our What’s App group was going crazy chatting about it.

“It was an unbelievable chase and we want to see England winning – whatever sport, whatever format – and to see the guys pull off a chase like that under a lot of pressure can spur us on as well.”

Having overpowered Bangladesh in their first outing, England women are likely to face a tougher task in their second game against the hosts in Dharamsala tomorrow.

India were stunned by Pakistan on Saturday to leave Group B wide open, and with the unbeaten West Indies to come on Thursday Shrubsole knows there is little margin for error.

“It’s a couple of huge games coming up,” the 24-year-old seamer added.

Anya Shrubsole took 2-27 in England women's World Twenty20 win against Bangladesh

“They’re going to need to bounce back massively having lost to Pakistan.

“We’ve played them plenty of times in the past. They’ve obviously got some dangerous batters, they’ve got Mithali Raj who’s a world-class player and then obviously Jhulan Goswami who’s a world-class bowler.

“We definitely won’t be underestimating them because we know they’re going to come out with a point to prove.”

Shrubsole describes Dharamsala, with its mountainous backdrop, as one of the most stunning venues in world cricket.

However, she also acknowledges that a surface notorious for slow, low turn may be more conducive to slower bowlers.

“There’s not a lot of grass on the wicket, and from what we’ve seen from the qualifiers for the men and a couple of games that have been up here it’s likely to be a little bit slow,” she added.

“It will probably spin a little bit and for the seamers you’ll see lots of cutters and lots of slower balls.

“It’s the same for India as well they haven’t played up here, so whoever adapts to the conditions quickest will probably come out on top.”


Source: ECB

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