Sunnier outlook for Shrubsole

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Anya Shrubsole

Anya Shrubsole hopes her form in the warm-up games will earn her a place in the starting XI against New Zealand tomorrow

Anya Shrubsole hopes to banish her injury nightmares and shine during England women's tour of New Zealand.

The 20-year-old quick bowler has been plagued by injuries since making her international bow against South Africa at Shenley three and a half years ago as a raw teenager.

The Somerset bowler has since managed just six one-day international caps and eight Twenty20 appearances - a mere sprinkling of games considering captain Charlotte Edwards has played 75 matches in both formats during the same period.

Happier times, however, appear to be on the horizon with Shrubsole included in the New Zealand tour party in place of Katherine Brunt, who was forced to fly home early from the recent trip to South Africa and is subsequently being rested.

"It's really good to be back on tour with the girls," Shrubsole told ecb.co.uk.

"It has been frustrating. Anyone who has had injuries will know that. I've put in a lot of hard work in England and I feel fitter and stronger than ever.

"I want to establish myself in the team. Every time I have been close in the past I have got injured.

"While Katherine not being here is disappointing for everyone, it's a good chance for me to nail down a place."

England play the first of five Ts against New Zealand tomorrow and Shrubsole's early form sees her jostling for a starting berth at Wellington.

In the first warm-up - a 50-over match against New Zealand Emerging Players - Shrubsole returned stunning figures of 5-5.

"The first game was very profitable for me," she said modestly. "The ball is coming out all right. Hopefully that can continue for the rest of the tour.

"Things have gone really well. We won all three warm-up games which was important. Everyone has had a bat and a bowl. It's important for everyone to spend some time in the middle and get used to the conditions."

England and New Zealand have been well matched in recent years with Edwards' side pipping the White Ferns in the final of both the World Cup and World Twenty20 in 2009.

A year later the two teams battled out a thrilling Twenty20 and ODI series and Shrubsole expects more of the same.

"It should be a good series," she said.

"It always is when England play New Zealand. New Zealand have a few new players but we expect them to have the same approach as before.

"Hopefully, all our hard work will pay off."

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