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In-form Shrubsole ready for semis

Anya Shrubsole is keeping focused on the task at hand after England Women secured their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20. 

The 22-year-old seamer shone once again as England secured their last-four berth with a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. 

Shrubsole took 3-9 in the match, leaving her with superb tournament figures of 10-42 following the group stages. 

The success sees England leave Sylhet for Dhaka for the knockout stages, where two wins will see them crowned champions.

Shrubsole is keeping calm as the competition heads to its conclusion and has confidence in England's chances if they continue doing what they have been since the opening defeat to West Indies.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” she said. “In the last three games we’ve been putting in some really good performances. Now we have to move on to Dhaka and keep putting in these performances.” 

But while she has her eyes on glory in the Bangladesh capital, Shrubsole admits she will miss Sylhet, which has hosted all of the games in the women’s tournament so far.

She added: “It’s been brilliant. This ground’s amazing and we’ve had some really great crowds. 

Anya Shrubsole's terrific figures of 3-9 saw her named Player of the Match in England Women's crucial win over Sri Lanka“This is the reason why we play international cricket, to play in front of crowds in tournaments like this. It’s been a pleasurable experience and we’re looking forward to heading to Dhaka for the semi-finals.” 

Shrubsole has enjoyed, once more, getting the chance to play in front of large crowds at a big event, after the overwhelming success of the back-to-back multi-format Ashes series. 

“It’s something that we’re used to,” she said, when asked if she had enjoyed playing in front of a large group of spectators and the television cameras.

“We’ve played quite a lot in front of television audiences back home and in various series. It’s not something new but it’s obviously really exciting and it’s a chance to showcase our game and hopefully we’ll put in some more good performances.”

Although the knockout rounds are yet to start, the nature of the Sri Lanka game – where the winner would progress to the next stage – has England ready for must-win cricket.

And Shrubsole was pleased with how the squad responded to Sunday’s task.

She said: “We came knowing we had to win the game. It was just a quarter-final. As a bowling unit we’ve been performing pretty well throughout the group stage. We came out and put in a good performance as a group.”

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