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An audience with Anya and Charlotte

Anya Shrubsole will be looking forward to tests of a different kind when she jets off to India tonight with the England squad for the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The 21-year-old, who helped England bring the trophy home from Australia in 2009, has been juggling preparations for the championship with her psychology studies.

She has an exam at Loughborough University this morning, having also sat them on Tuesday and yesterday – and will not be escaping her academic commitments fully when she lands in Mumbai.

“It’s been really busy and I’ve still got a couple more exams to sit while I am out in India,” said the former Hayesfield Girls’ School pupil, who is a fast bowler with Bath Cricket Club and Somerset.

“The university is working closely with the ECB to make sure the papers are there. It’s a bit of a challenge but the university is so good when it comes to helping you juggle sport and studies, there are a lot of elite athletes there in the same situation.”

Shrubsole took time out from her studies last Friday to return to her home city and take part in a talk about the women’s game with England captain Charlotte Edwards.

“It was a brilliant evening, a really good turnout, and it was great for the girls who came along to talk to myself and particularly Charlotte,” said Shrubsole about the event, which took place in Bath CC’s new-look pavilion.

“If we inspire just a handful of the youngsters there to go on and play the game it will have been worth it.

“Women’s cricket is definitely growing in Somerset and Bath Cricket Club can take a lot of credit for that. I may be a tad biased but I believe it’s one of the best clubs in the country when it comes to encouraging and developing women’s cricketers.”

England start their World Cup defence against Sri Lanka on Saturday, February 2 but first have warm-up matches against Pakistan and New Zealand on January 28 and 30 respectively.

Sunday 3rd February

After sitting out the majority of England's training camp last week as well as the shock defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Friday with a foot injury, Anya Shrubsole was back in the team for the must-win game against India today. She took the vital catch which removed Indian captain, Mithali Raj and took one wicket in her 6 overs before having to leave the field with severe cramp - largely as a result of the effects of a bout on Delhi belly from which she has been suffering.....its never simple with Anya!

Meanwhile Charlotte Edwards led from the front with a terrific 109 in Englands strong total of 272-8 and in the process became the highest run-scorer ever in women's ODI cricket. Edwards battled through a testing start to the innings to reach three figures and now leads her side through to Tuesday's final group game against the ever-dangerous West Indies.

Tuesday 5th February

In the final round of group games England put the West Indies to the sword after suprisingly being given the opportunity to bowl first in helpful conditions. Anya shrubsole was in prime form with the ball, picking up three early wickets including that of the Windies star batter Stefanie Taylor. Bowling with pace and control, Anya returned later to finish off the innings and record figures of 4-21 as the West Indies were bowled out for just 101.

England lost 4 wickets as they steadily reached their modest target and Shrubsole was awarded Player of the Match for her performance. England now reach the Super Sixes stage of the World Cup with Australia next on Friday.



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