T20 WORLD CUP: Fully Fit England Raring To Go

Anya Shrubsole has assured England fans that, despite a couple of injury niggles in recent weeks, coach Lisa Keightley will have the full squad at her disposal for their opening match against South Africa at the WACA on Sunday evening.

“All 15 of us will be fit and raring to go on Sunday,” Shrubsole said.

That is good news for England, after Nat Sciver missed a warm-up match earlier in the week with a ligament injury to her right knee; while Shrubsole herself sat out a portion of the tri-series with a sore foot.

Having already been in Australia for over a month, Shrubsole stressed that England were now very keen to get their tournament underway, and that they would be going all out for a win in what is likely to be a tricky opening group encounter against the South Africans.

“If you lose one match, it puts a bit of pressure on,” she said. “So this is a big one. We’ve done everything we can do to be in the best place going into that game.”

“South Africa are probably one of the teams who will be looking and thinking they can can win this World Cup, so to call it a ‘banana skin’ match would be a disservice to them. They’re a really quality team and they’ve got dangerous players and what you know in T20 is one person can win you a game. It’s a tough game first up, and we know that will have to be our best.”

England last played at the WACA in January 2014, when they won a memorable Test encounter against Australia – a match Shrubsole (who took 7-99) has fond memories of.

“There’s a few of us who played in that match,” she said. “It’s always nice to come back. We’ve also got about five or six of us who have played for Perth Scorchers as well in the WBBL, so it’s a little bit of a home away from home for some of us.”

If England can start with a win that is likely to provide good impetus for their stated goal of reaching the semi-finals, with matches against the lesser threats of Thailand and Pakistan to follow next week.

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