Marsh predicts England fightback

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Laura Marsh is confident England women will immediately bounce back in the NatWest Series after India brought a halt to their 18-match winning streak.

The tourists secured a five-wicket victory in the first game of the five-match duel as captain Mithali Raj compiled an unbeaten 94 at Lord’s to guide India home with just three balls to spare.

That result came as a surprise given England’s recent dominance and particularly after their whitewash of the same opponents in the two-game NatWest International T20 series.

Laura Marsh

Spinner Laura Marsh believes England will recover after being beaten by India in the first game of their five-match NatWest Series

Off-spinner Marsh admits it was a bad day at the office all round for England but she is confident they will return to winning ways when the two sides begin a double-header at Taunton tomorrow.

“Sometimes things don’t go quite to plan which is what happened the other day,” she told ecb.co.uk. “But a lot of the girls are in form and we’re bowling really well so hopefully that was just a minor blip and we’ll be back on track on Wednesday.

“We were probably just 20 or so runs short with the bat and we didn’t really have any major partnerships when we batted and then, in the field, the bowlers didn’t execute their plans and we were a bit off the pace really.”

“I think there are a few areas we need to improve on for the next game. But we’ve played some really good cricket up until that game so hopefully we’ll be able to put things right for tomorrow.”

Lydia Greenway, England’s player of the year in 2011, missed out at the home of cricket due to injury, but Marsh is confident the squad is strong enough to cope without players of her calibre.

“There’s really good competition for places in the side and I think we’re quite lucky at the moment with having quite a lot of depth in our squad,” she added. “If players get injured we’ve got players who have the talent to come in and replace them.”

Taunton will also play host to the third contest of the series on Thursday and Marsh is backing England’s batting line-up to make an impact on a familiar pitch.

“It’s normally a really good batting track and a quick outfield so hopefully we’ll be able to either get lots of runs on the board or chase down whatever they set, but the girls are pretty confident,” she said.

“Hopefully we’ll play much better and hopefully we’ll be able to win.”