Shrubsole soaring to the top

Teenage seamer Anya Shrubsole cannot wait to get to Australia and face the best in the world

Anya Shrubsole is keen to establish herself in the England side as they prepare to jet off to Australia for the women’s World Cup.

Shrubsole made her international debut last summer, earning the match award in the Twenty20 international against South Africa for figures of 3-19 off four overs.

She also won the Cricket Society’s most promising young women’s cricketer of the year award in October, which was followed by a call-up to the squad for the World Cup.

“I was pretty shocked,” she told ECBtv. “I wasn’t expecting it. I expected them to give me a couple more years, two or three more years maybe, with me being so young.

“I was shocked, but obviously excited at the prospect of playing with such a good side.

“I’ve never been to Australia before, so obviously in that respect it is very exciting to be part of a squad going on the biggest tour in women’s cricket. There is nothing better than that.”

Shrubsole is also upbeat about England’s chances of lifting the trophy Down Under.

“We are coming off the back of 14 games unbeaten and we are fairly confident,” she confirmed.

Anya Shrubsole

Anya Shrubsole picks up the wicket of South Africa's Alicia Smith en route to figures of 3-19

“Lots of people are saying we are favourites, but I think they would be stupid to rule the Australians out. It is their in-season on their home patch.

“But we are going in quietly confident and we know on our day, we can beat anyone.”

Shrubsole has played a solitary one-day international, but she is eager to press her claims for a spot in the team for the world's premier competition.

“Being a fringe player at the moment, I have only just got in the squad. I’d like to push in and get into that squad and hopefully retain my place,” she admitted.

“All I want to happen is that I want England to win the World Cup. If I play, then brilliant. If I don’t play, then I know I am still part of the squad for the World Cup.”

That sort of temperament, aligned with Shrubsole’s skill with the ball, is likely to see the 17-year-old go a long way in the game. And she knows what she needs to do to achieve that dream.

She said: “These weekends (training at Loughborough), I know I have to perform and I know I have to out-bowl some of the other bowlers and make sure (coach) Mark Lane notices me and hopefully will pick me in the side.

“We had a great trip out to Bangalore in India, which was good having never been to India before, just to go out there and play in different conditions.

“It was hard to start with. The wickets were fairly unresponsive. But we are going to have to play in India. I am going to have to bowl there and as much experience as I can get out there and on training camps, the better.

“I always enjoy getting together as a group. We are a good group of girls and you know you are going to do a hard weekend’s work, which is always nice.”