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Shrubsole targets further improvement

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Anya Shrubsole hopes England can maintain their knack of improving with each game at the Women’s World Cup.

The defending champions suffered a shock defeat to Sri Lanka in their opening fixture, but bounced back by beating host nation India before sweeping past West Indies in clinical fashion.

England therefore enter the Super Sixes phase high on confidence and determined to carry on taking steps in the right direction.

“We’re improving with every match and that’s the way you want it to be,” Shrubsole, who returned career-best figures of 4-21 against the Windies, told ecb.co.uk.

Anya Shrubsole

"We're improving with every match and that's the way you want it to be," said Anya Shrubsole ahead of England women's meeting with Australia

“Now we’ve won two in a row we’ve got some good momentum going into the Super Sixes, which hopefully we can carry on through the tournament.”

Further improvement could well be required for England’s next fixture, which sees them face old rivals Australia, the only unbeaten side in the competition, at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

Jodie Fields’ side impressed when thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets on Tuesday and are the only team with four points to their name at the start of the Super Sixes, having beaten two of their fellow qualifiers in the group stage.

“Any game against Australia is a huge game and they have had a good tournament so far, but we’re going into it at the right time,” added Shrubsole.

“England against Australia is always an exciting match and one you want to play in. Hopefully we can register a win early in the Super Sixes.

“We'll look at the game against West Indies, talk about what we did well and what we can improve on, and head into it with confidence.”

Versus the Windies Katherine Brunt turned an ankle and captain Charlotte Edwards did not bat due to illness. Edwards is expected to be available tomorrow, team-mate Arran Brindle confirmed.

"That was obviously just a minor hiccup. She is feeling great now and will be back out there training today. Hopefully everybody is fully fit and ready for tomorrow," said Brindle.

England played Sri Lanka and India at the Brabourne, something Brindle sees as a bonus against Australia whose group games were in Cuttack.

"I think it would be an advantage that we have had from playing here. We know the lines and lengths that we need to bowl to perform well,” she added. “So we are very fortunate, we are just looking to make sure that we execute our plans."

Following their meeting with Australia tomorrow, England take on South Africa and New Zealand in their remaining fixtures.

The top two sides from the Super Sixes then meet in the final, also at the Brabourne, on February 17.