Hazell buoyed by strength in depth

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Danni Hazell says the competition for places within the England women’s squad acts as motivation for the players as they aim to secure further success.

Hazell, 23, is one of 15 players that will head to New Zealand next month to play five Twenty20 and three one-day internationals.

Although Holly Colvin will miss the tour due to university commitments, Hazell will be joined by two other spin-bowling all-rounders in the form of Danni Wyatt and Laura Marsh.

Ahead of the tour, she told ecb.co.uk: “You can’t rest on your laurels. We all work really hard, it’s just about standing out, putting a good performance in when you do play, and hopefully holding on to your spot.”

Referring to her relationship with her fellow spinners, Hazell added: “We all get on really well. There’s no bitterness between us. I think we work well as a team and we spend a lot of time bowling together in games and in practice. It’s been really good to pick up things from other people.”

With the World Twenty20 and 50-over World Cup on the horizon, Hazell is hoping to maintain a regular place in Charlotte Edwards’ team, having featured in all six matches on the recent tour of South Africa.

“It was obviously good to play every game,” she said. “I’ve been working hard in the nets, so I think it’s starting to pay off with my performances on the field, which should hopefully get me into these World Cup squads.

“I’ve never been to New Zealand before, they are always a good team to play against. They are a strong side, they have some strong girls, so I think it’s going to be a really good series.”