Shrubsole surprised by record

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Anya Shrubsole

Anya Shrubsole takes the plaudits during her record-breaking performance at Wellington, where she claimed brilliant figures of 5-11

Anya Shrubsole was not aware she had bowled herself into the record books during England's opening Twenty20 victory over New Zealand.

The 20-year-old seamer ran through the White Ferns' batting order with 5-11 - the best figures by an England player in the game's shortest form.

"That's brilliant," she told ecb.co.uk. "I was not aware of that. It has not sunk in yet but I'm sure it will later."

Having won the toss and elected to field, a Shrubsole-inspired England threatened to rout their hosts when they reduced them to 35 for six.

Shrubsole was at the forefront of the melee, castling Sara McGlashan, Suzie Bates and Katie Perkins before returning to trap Katey Martin lbw and bowl Morna Neilsen next ball.

"I was ecstatic when I got the fifth wicket," she recalled. "It was one of the best I have bowled. It was an unbelievable moment.

"Not in my wildest dreams did I expect that. I'd take 5-11 every day of the week.

"The girls bowled brilliantly before me so New Zealand were already behind the run-rate when I came on and I took advantage of that.

"I attacked the stumps and it came off."

Shrubsole's career since making her debut in August 2008 has been something of a stop-start affair.

Injuries have restricted her to just 16 appearances in all formats, but hopefully those dark days of lying on the physio's table are a thing of the past.

"This is my best performance in an England shirt," she said.

"After all the injuries over the last couple of years this makes it all the more special. All the hours I have put in training makes this worthwhile."

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