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England Women complete 4-0 series win over Sri Lanka

Laura Marsh took 4-21, including her 100th wicket in ODIs, as England Women thrashed the hosts by 162 runs in Colombo.

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England Women complete 4-0 series win over Sri Lanka

England Women complete 4-0 series win in Colombo

The wait was worth it in the end as England Women comprehensively beat Sri Lanka in the final ODI to complete a series whitewash.

After scoring 240 for nine yesterday before rain forced umpires to abandon play in Colombo, England returned 24 hours later to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 78.

Laura Marsh led the way with 4-21 in England's final match of 2016, including her 100th wicket in ODIs.

The visitors' top run scorer from yesterday, Natalie Sciver, got the breakthrough, taking the new ball to remove the opening partnership of Chamari Atapattu and Nipuni Hansika.

With the hosts feeling the pressure, Marsh and Danni Hazell (3-21) rattled through the batting order to reduce Sri Lanka to 76 for eight.

Alex Hartley trapped Prasadini Weerakkody lbw and Hazell took her third wicket of the day to clean up the tail and hand England a 4-0 series win – their sixth consecutive series victory of 2016. 

The objective for next year is to win the ICC Women’s World Cup, it’s why we play the game.

Head coach Mark Robinson

Speaking afterwards, a delighted head coach Mark Robinson said: “It’s been an incredible year, and there has been huge change during this time. We put out a team in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday that was completely different to the one that took on South Africa at the start of the year.

“As a group, we’ve come a long way, a lot has happened, and of course there have been a few bumps along the way, but overall we really feel that we are moving in the right direction, which is the most important thing.

“Since the beginning the players have given it everything, which has been fantastic, I couldn’t have asked them for any more. Looking at where the team was after that ICC World Twenty20 in March to where they are now in terms of their physical condition, there’s no comparison, and that’s testament to how much hard work they have all put in.

“The emergence of Heather Knight as the new leader of the team has been exciting to watch. With every match and every series she is getting better and better. As a captain and a player she gives it absolutely everything, and I am proud of everything she has done in such a short space of time.

“I said from the start that we would only really know where we are as a team after a year, and I’m confident that we are on the right track. We want to be more resilient, more professional, and the clinical nature of our performance in the third ODI of this series against Sri Lanka showed how far we have come in that respect.”

Looking ahead to 2017, he said: “The objective for next year is of course to win the ICC Women’s World Cup, it’s why we play the game, and we shouldn’t be embarrassed to say that. Whether we are quite ready to do so as a young group, is a different matter, but our first dream is to win it and we will do everything we can to live that dream.” 

 

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