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World champs still getting stronger

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We have had quite a busy time since coming back from the World Cup in Australia in March. We had a week off before we got back into training, as to be fair it was only around five weeks to our T20 tournament getting under way!

We had club and county cricket and you could tell the cricket season had arrived by how the weather seemed to change from mild to cold, wet and windy! It was a slight shock to the system and I couldn’t believe we played in temperatures under 10 degrees, a little different to the hot sunshine of Perth I have been used to all Winter!

As preparation we have been playing boys teams to get us out of our comfort zone - and that we were; but we stood up face to face and challenged them in every aspect.

The guys were stronger then us and could bowl and hit the ball further but we felt we were smarter. We have learnt a lot from our four games against the guys, especially that if you miss your length bowling it will go for six. Something I found out on a couple of occasions.

Everything we had learned from the games we took into our two matches against our England Academy side. We won the toss and were batting first. Well I have never seen a better batting display, hitting the ball to all parts and Charlotte Edwards (Lottie) playing her reverse sweep for fun against any bowl, slow or fast.

At the end of 20 overs we made 199 without losing a wicket. Lottie finishing on 115 and Sarah Taylor (Squirt) 75.

Our bowling couldn’t have got off to a better start with Katherine Brunt (Nunny) bouncing out their opening batter. The very next over Anya removed the other opening batter and from here they really struggled to keep up with the run rate and fell behind quickly. We ended up bowling them out for 65 runs.

With cricket and work being so full on I got a rare day to chill out and what better way than to go and watch my Dad play cricket.

Taunton

Taunton, where all the women's group games will be played © Getty Images

He always gives me stick saying I can’t hit the ball off the square, so I was looking forward to getting my own back as he hadn’t played for years. Well his first scoring shot was a six over wide mid-on (Dad’s words as I would have said cow) and then first take standing up to the left arm quick bowler, he gets a leg-side stumping. Think I will just keep my mouth shut!

The games against the guys really helped us as I think we came out as a much stronger unit.

We enjoy each other’s success and get on so well on and off the field and it shows with the way we play our cricket.

Everyone is now excited and can’t wait until June 5 to meet up at the Home of Women’s Cricket down in Taunton to get our ICC Women’s World Twenty20 campaign off and running.