Brunt: We want revenge
Katherine Brunt admits England women have “a point to prove” when they face ICC World Twenty20 runners-up New Zealand this summer.
While New Zealand reached the final of the competition in the Caribbean last month, England crashed out in the group stages - relinquishing the crown they won at Lord’s the previous year.
It was a massive disappointment for Charlotte Edwards’ team, who are still world champions in 50-over cricket, following the unprecedented success of 2009.
New Zealand’s campaign also ended in anti-climax as they lost to Australia in the final.
And England pace bowler Brunt - named ECB Women's Cricketer of the Year last month - believes both sides will go into the opening Natwest Twenty20 international at Chelmsford on June 29 motivated by the anguish of recent regrets.
“Having lost the last three finals in a row, they’ve got a lot of heartache,” she told ECBtv.com. “They are going to want to come out here and show that they can beat us.
“This is our home soil and we love playing cricket here and we want some revenge as well.
“They got to the final and we didn’t even get to the semis, so we’ll be trying to prove a point and they’ll be trying as well.”
The T20 series moves on to the Rose Bowl and Hove before the five-match 50-over series takes centre stage.
A welcome scheduling occurrence means that the penultimate 50-over game will take place in Brunt’s hometown of Barnsley.
And with the prospect of a keenly-contested series going to the wire, Brunt is delighted all her family and friends will have the rare opportunity to watch her play.
“I have been waiting for this fixture for a long time,” she said. “We don’t play enough games up north. I would love to play at Headingley - it's one of the dreams of mine.
“To have it in my home ground is going to be fantastic, especially on the weekend. I just hope as many people turn up to watch because I think it will be a fantastic.
“We’ve played a few county matches there but to pull on the England shirt with my whole family watching me play - it may be the only time they’ll get to see me play - would mean a lot to me. I just hope that I get picked that day.”