England women hop on Magic Bus

England women

England women continued to spread the global message of women’s cricket as they joined underprivileged Indian schoolgirls in a game today.

Eleven members of the touring squad took time out from the preparation for the Twenty20 internationals against India to play ‘leg cricket’ at the Bombay Port Trust ground in Mumbai.

The game, which involves a football being kicked rather than bowled, and the batsman controlling it and kicking it towards the boundary, is part of a wider project organised by Magic Bus India, a charity that works to improve the lives of children in marginalised circumstances.

England all-rounder Laura Marsh, one of 11 England players who attended the event, told ecb.co.uk: “We spent a couple of hours playing leg football and it was really good fun.

“Things like this are all about trying to encourage girls to play cricket and participate in different activities, especially those that might not get many chances.

“It was fantastic to see them enjoying themselves and it’s great to give girls in places like this the chance to play sport - and take them out of their normal environment.”

Pace bowler Anya Shrubsole was another of the England contingent who relished the opportunity to get involved with the local community.

She added: “It was great fun - we had a really good time with the girls and they all seemed to enjoy it. It was a little bit different from what we normally do.”

Magic Bus India aims to reach out to 140,000 children by the end of this year, and more than 600,000 by 2012.

England, meanwhile, meet India in Mumbai tomorrow in the first of three Twenty20 internationals in the space of five days.

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