England Taylored to fill void

Lydia Greenway spoke to ecb.co.uk ahead of the tour to South Africa

England women begin a new era on this month’s tour of South Africa, without former ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year Claire Taylor.

Taylor, who won the women’s game’s highest accolade in 2008, retired from international cricket in July immediately after England’s last action - a NatWest Quadrangular Series victory.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor is set to take her namesake’s place up the order, leaping above Lydia Greenway, who believes England can fill the void left by the first woman to be named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.

“She’s obviously a world-class player and has been for a number of years. I think probably replacing her is one of our challenges, but we’ve got the players coming through to do that,” Greenway told ecb.co.uk.

“Sarah Taylor coming in at three now. It’s quite a nice replacement to have for Claire Taylor. Our batting, we’ve got a very long line-up now and I think as a team we’ll be all right when it comes to trying to fill Claire Taylor’s boots.”

Charlotte Edwards’ squad tomorrow fly out for three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20s with the Proteas, the next step towards next year’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and the 2013 50-over World Cup in India.

“Hopefully we can put into practice some of the plans that we’re speaking about for the two World Cups coming up and see where we’re at because we’ve been training indoors for a little while now, so I think everyone’s looking forward to getting back outside,” Greenway added.

“We’ve done a lot of talking about targets and what sort of scores we want to get and I suppose the thing that will be different out in Sri Lanka and India is the conditions.

“We can’t really replicate that too much in South Africa, but if we go out and play the way that we want to play then we can hopefully gain more from that.

“Then when it comes to going out to India and Sri Lanka we’ll hopefully we’ll be more prepared for it.”

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