Hazell is a tough nut to crack

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Danni Hazell

England off-spinner Danni Hazell celebrates one of the seven wickets she has taken during the Twenty20 series in New Zealand

A spinner hoping to get noticed in a squad full of slow bowlers can be a daunting prospect but Danni Hazell has been a shining light on England women's tour of New Zealand.

The Durham off-spinner has taken seven wickets in England's three Twenty20 wins over New Zealand - the most by a slow bowler on either side.

However, the 23-year-old is not content just yet.

She told ecb.co.uk: "You always want more don't you?

"It's nice to pick up a few wickets. Seven in three matches is a good return but hopefully there will be a few more in the next two games."

With the World Twenty20 on the horizon and the competition for the spin bowling slots fierce, who can blame Hazell for wanting to cash in on her good form?

Holly Colvin, who has missed the New Zealand tour due to university commitments, is set to return, meaning Hazell will be one of four spinners battling it out for places in the starting XI.

"Every time you get an opportunity you have to put your name up there," she said.

"I'm pretty happy with how I am bowling at the moment. The ball is coming out well and I've taken a few wickets.

"I feel I have come on in the last six months. The hours I have put in with both my coach at Durham and Crowey (England assistant coach Carl Crowe) are paying off. My action is getting stronger. It's about progression as a cricketer. You can't stand still."

Hazell, though, is unwilling to take the plaudits for England having an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 20-over series, insisting the tourists are performing as a unit.

"We are bowling really well as a unit," she said. "Annie (Anya Shrubsole), Boggy (Laura Marsh), Wag (Danni Wyatt) and I are putting pressure on at both ends and when that happens the New Zealand batsmen have to play a big shot."

England are currently in a sodden Invercargill preparing for the final two Twenty20s this weekend.

"We have been fantastic so far," said Hazell."We had a glitch in the third game when we were 14 for four but the middle order turned it around and we bowled well. It showed we can win from any position.

"We want to win the series 5-0. It would be a statement ahead of the World Twenty20 later this year. We've worked hard over the last couple of years and it's starting to pay off."

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