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Bath duo at the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh

Fran Wilson and Anya Shrubsole have played together at Bath since they were about 9 years old. They have played through the age-groups in Bath youth teams, Somerset girls teams, Senior cricket for the Wanderers and Somerset Women and also within the women's Super 4s competition. This month they could play together for their country for the first time as England go to Bangladesh with the aim of winning back the T20 World Cup trophy.

Before they left, both players gave their thoughts ahead of the tournament :

1. How do you feel the England team is placed ahead of the tournament.

Fran :  1.       I think the squad is in a great position going into the tournament. We obviously have some word class players who other teams will be wary of, but at the same time there are a lot of new faces which teams won’t have seen and therefore I think to an extent we have the element of surprise. A long with this, a lot of the girls are coming straight from a successful ashes tour which can only be good for confidence.

Anya : I think the team is very well placed going into this tournament. It is quiet a fresh, new side that is going due to injuries, retirements etc which makes it very exciting going into the tournament. 

2. What are your own personal hopes for the tournament

Fran : 1.       Personally I hope to play in as many games as possible and make an impact with the bat or in the field. I think my chances of playing are realistic, but if it doesn’t happen I am just going to enjoy the experience!

Anya : There is only one real hope and that is to come home as World T20 champions - we’re definitely out there to do that. Personally if I am able to contribute to that success somehow then that would be brilliant but the win is what is important. 

3. Apart from England, who are the most likely team win?

Fran :  1.       Other than Australia, I genuinely think a team like Sri Lanka or the West Indies have a good chance, anything can happen in T20, especially in unknown environments.

Anya : There are a number of teams who could win. Australia are the reigning champions and will most likely go into the tournament as favourites. The West Indies have proven themselves to be a very dangerous team in recent years and the Kiwis have a new looking squad and are coming of the bad of an unbeaten tour against the West Indies. I think the winner will come from 1 of 4!

4. Any team that could spring a surprise or two?

Fran :  1.       Sri Lanka are getting better all the time, West Indies are always one to watch.

Anya : Despite their recent T20 form you can never write off India and Sri Lanka have prove they have some match winners in their team and could very easily cause an upset

5. Is there an England player that you think could make a big impact on the tournament.

Fran :  1.       Other than big names such as Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor, I think Nat Sciver will have a massive impact, in T20 she is in her element and she won’t be fazed by the pressures of a World Cup. Anya Shrubsole is handy too.

Anya : Nat Sciver has already proved herself to be one to watch out for and I think that will be no different in this tournament. I think Dani Hazell could also have a big impact for us with the ball, whilst Fran Wilson can bat a bit if she gets the chance.

6. What about a player (or two) from other teams?

Fran :  1.       Meg Lanning will have a huge role to play as captain and opening batsman for Australia, she hits the ball very well.

Anya : Suzie Bates is a World class all rounder in pretty good form at the moment so will be one to watch out for

Meg Lanning, Eshani  Lokusuriyage (Sri Lanka) and obviously Deandra Dottin.  A left field pick for me personally is Emma Flannagan who plays for Ireland.. She may not set the world alight but she is now a fellow Loughborough University student so I am desperate to see her do well!!

7. Have a go at naming the 4 semi-finalists for the women.

Fran : England, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies

Anya : England, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand

8. What about the men?

Fran :  1.       My knowledge on the men’s tournament is limited (not sure I know the groups!) but if I were to take a stab in the dark it would be Australia, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa. I don’t think England are good enough to be honest.

Anya : For the men I am going for a Sri Lanka win this time around with a left field bet on New Zealand (although I’m not sure about their bowling attack) - I genuinely think the tournament is wide open though.

Best wishes to Fran and Anya from all at Bath CC

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