Colvin: Strength in competition

Holly Colvin spoke to ecb.co.uk as England continued their preparations for India

Holly Colvin believes competition for places can only strengthen England women as they look ahead to their NatWest Series against India.

The 22-year-old is returning to the squad after missing their winter tour to New Zealand while she completed her degree at Durham University.

The left-arm spinner is delighted to be back representing England and insists the new faces will hold the team in good stead as they enter a busy summer period.

“It is so good to be back; it feels like I have never been away,” Colvin told ecb.co.uk. “It is just great to be back and I can't wait to get started on the series this summer.

“There is plenty of us in the squad so there is always competition for places. We think spin is one of our strengths and hopefully we can show that against India.

“We have got some great young faces coming through the system and English women’s cricket is getting stronger and stronger each year and competition within the squad for places is fantastic.

“We have to perform under pressure against tough competition and the pressure internally being even greater can help make you perform to your peak.”

Colvin, who has been an integral part of the team since her debut in 2005, linked up with the team as they continued their preparations at Loughborough for two Twenty20s and the five-game 50-over series against India.

Holly Colvin

Colvin insists the competition within the England side will strengthen the team as they prepare for two T20s and five ODIs against India

“They are a good competitive side,” Colvin added. “They have got a good fast bowler in Jhulan Goswami and I am sure they have got plenty of spinners up their sleeves.

“I am looking forward to getting started, T20s are always fun and I really enjoy the challenge, especially being a spinner in the middle overs, and hopefully I can do like I did last summer.

“India are a good one-day side as well and we believe we are the best side in the world so hopefully we can put up a good fight and beat them 5-0.”

The series marks the start of a busy year for England women with the World T20 in September and then the World Cup in February, and the spinner believes the experience within their squad will give them a huge boost as they attempt to defend their crown.

“It is a massive winter this winter with both World Cups coming up so hopefully we can put a bit of momentum by winning this series into that summer.

“It was one of the best experiences in my career so far. If we could repeat that again and share it with the girls that missed out last time that would be even better, I can’t wait.

“We are one of the few teams that has the most players from the previous World Cups which I think is a big strength of ours, but also we have got some new young faces which will make you stronger.”