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Women’s Cricket World Cup: Anya Shrubsole looks back on 2017 glory as England begin title defense | Cricket News

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England start the World Cup defense against Australia live on Sky Sports World Cup (Sky 404 channel) from 12.30am on Saturday; Anya Shrubsole the hero as England won the 2017 title, with the designer still having vivid memories of the match, saying ‘I consciously wanted to remember everything’

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Anya Shrubsole claimed 6-46 as England beat India to win the 2017 World Cup final at Lord’s

Leading your team to victory in a World Cup final might be a blur for some, but for Anya Shrubsole, who did just that for the England Women in 2017, it remains fresh in her mind.

“I consciously wanted to remember everything that happened because you don’t really get those chances anymore,” said Shrubsole, who took 6-46 in England’s comeback win over India he five years ago. sky sports before his side begin their World Cup defense against Australia on Saturday.

“What stood out to me the most was right after the game, when we had our friends and family on the pitch and we were able to celebrate with them.

“All the players and staff, including the girls who hadn’t made the squad, then spent time in the locker room celebrating as a unit. There are so many people who come to the tournaments winners, not just the 11 players you see, so celebrating as a group was huge as well.”

Nasser Hussain and Mel Jones discuss England's chances of retaining World Cup title in New Zealand

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Nasser Hussain and Mel Jones discuss England’s chances of retaining World Cup title in New Zealand

Nasser Hussain and Mel Jones discuss England’s chances of retaining World Cup title in New Zealand

India were 182-3 after 42 overs chasing 229 for the win when seamstress Shrubsole started her third spell in the final – a spell that began with her for consecutive boundaries.

Three balls later, however, Shrubsole pinned Punam Raut lbw for 86, the first of five wickets in 19 balls for the bowler, who also ran out. India lose their last seven wickets for 28 runs. England win the World Cup for the fourth time. Shrub the hero.

“My memories are pretty vivid. I have a pretty good memory for random cricket matches, so obviously a big cricket match like this definitely sticks in my mind. I will always have great memories.

“Never in our wildest dreams would we have thought it would turn out like this”

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“We just needed a wicket, really. Raut and Veda Krishnamurthy were doing great and we just needed a way to break that partnership and then pressure the new batters.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would turn out like this, but we got four wickets in three overs, which felt like a huge momentum move. That’s when I thought, ‘this game could be ours now’.”

Shrubsole’s scintillating spell came before a sold-out Home of Cricket, at the end of a tournament that had thrust women’s cricket into the spotlight like never before.

Shrubsole picked up five wickets from 19 balls five years ago as England won the World Cup for the fourth time

Shrubsole picked up five wickets from 19 balls five years ago as England won the World Cup for the fourth time

Shrubsole, 30, said: “When you’re in a game like this you don’t think about the outside things because you’re so desperate to win, but throughout the tournament we were aware of its popularity.

“The crowds we were getting and the stories we were hearing about the young girls and boys watching the games. Then the sold-out final was a huge moment.

“At the start of the World Cup, I remember hearing someone say they were hoping for a sold-out Lord’s for the final. I thought it would be good, but I wasn’t really sure. that would happen.

“When we heard the final was sold out, as we walked off the pitch after winning our semi-final against South Africa, it was an incredible feeling.

A record crowd for a women's cricket match - 86,174 - saw Australia beat India in the 2020 T20 World Cup Final at the MCG

A record crowd for a women’s cricket match – 86,174 – saw Australia beat India in the 2020 T20 World Cup Final at the MCG

“I still love to play cricket”

“To then have some 80,000 people at the MCG [for the 2020 T20 World Cup final between Australia and India] is simply amazing and shows how fast the women’s game is growing.

“I feel immensely privileged to have been a part of women’s cricket for the past 14 or 15 years, as I believe that period has been a watershed moment, from when I made my England debut at Shenley ahead of few spectators in 2008. to play in a sold-out Lord’s nine years later.

“Things change and you’ll never have that excitement of making your debut again, but I still love playing cricket.”

England are aiming to retain the Women’s World Cup for the first time, having been unable to follow up previous victories in 1973, 1993 and 2009 with victory at the next event.

Shrubsole expects this year’s version to be highly competitive and believes England can compete after having had “difficult conversations” since losing 12-4 in the Women’s Ashes earlier this year.

England captain Heather Knight said her side were mentally drained after failing to win the Ashes Test match against Australia.

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England captain Heather Knight said her side were mentally drained after failing to win the Ashes Test match against Australia.

England captain Heather Knight said her side were mentally drained after failing to win the Ashes Test match against Australia.

“Crowds will be limited in New Zealand, at least initially, because of the Covid but there is a real buzz around this World Cup, which I think will be really open.

“I don’t think you can read a huge amount in the warm-up games, but Pakistan beat New Zealand and then New Zealand went on to beat Australia.

“Then New Zealand lost to West Indies in the tournament opener. I think that theme will continue throughout the World Cup. Every team has world-class players who can win games.

“New Zealand are the hosts and are in fine form. India are world class. South Africa have one of the best attacks in the world so any day this could be the game of anybody.

Shrubsole made his England debut in 2008 and has since played 165 times across all formats

Shrubsole made his England debut in 2008 and has since played 165 times across all formats

“Difficult conversations have taken place”

“The Ashes were tough for a whole host of reasons. We played really good cricket early on but we just couldn’t get over the line and win those key moments and then the last few games weren’t what we were as a team so it was very disappointing.

“In sport you will lose but it’s frustrating to lose when you know you haven’t produced what you are capable of.

“We’re close as a group, you have to be, especially in times of Covid, and I think one of the benefits of that and having faith in your teammates is that you can have those tough conversations. .

“They’ve had them since the Ashes ended and now it’s about going out there and setting everything up on the pitch.”

Watch England’s opener, against Australia, live on Sky Sports World Cup (Sky Channel 404) from 12.30am on Saturday.