ENGLAND stand-in captain Nat Sciver has already turned her sights to subsequent yr’s Cricket World Cup defence after her aspect accomplished a Twenty20 collection clear sweep in opposition to New Zealand.
The guests had been with out skipper Heather Knight for the third recreation in Wellington resulting from a hamstring harm, however her absence didn’t cease England from securing a 32-run win.
An unbeaten 31 from Fran Wilson and Sophia Dunkley’s 26 helped England submit 128-9 from their 20 overs earlier than the spinners ensured New Zealand had been bowled out for 96.
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It means England have now received their final 11 accomplished Twenty20 internationals and Sciver hopes the collection triumph can present a platform for 50-over success in New Zealand in 2022.
“Everyone chipped in and put their hand up,” she stated. “We had been a bit scrappy with the bat however managed to maintain the positivity all through to stand up to a defendable rating.
“The bowling has been our energy all through the tour so the early wickets had been key after which the spinners did rather well.
“This has been good preparation to enter the summer season, after which earlier than coming again over right here [New Zealand] for the World Cup subsequent yr.”
England are the defending 50-over world champions whereas their 11-game Twenty20 run stretches again to their six-wicket defeat of their opening recreation of the T20 World Cup in March 2020.
Their solely setback within the shortest format throughout that run was the controversial washed-out semi-final in opposition to India, which eradicated them from the event resulting from their group inserting.
An unsure begin in Wellington had put England underneath strain at 70-Four earlier than Wilson, enjoying her first recreation of the T20 collection, arrived on the crease to regular the ship.
Her 23-ball knock noticed the guests navigate the ultimate eight overs fantastically to submit a aggressive whole, with Dunkley additionally contributing effectively after being promoted to 4 within the batting order.
Katherine Brunt then made a direct influence with the ball, trapping captain Sophie Devine and Hayley Jensen lbw within the first over earlier than New Zealand recovered to 37-2.
However England spinners Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers took 6-36 to limit the hosts to 96 all out so as to add a Three-Zero T20 collection whitewash to their 2-1 one-day collection success.
Opening bowler Brunt feels the very best is but to come back for this England aspect, who seem like going from energy to energy underneath the watch of head coach Lisa Keightley.
“We have combination of expertise and youth so it’s about studying from one another and I feel the children in our staff are actually skilled in the intervening time so they’re educating us as a lot as we’re educating them,” she stated.
“It’s sooner or later a time for me in the intervening time, being nearly 36. It’s about having fun with the second and staying in it and having fun with what I’ve received left with the ladies.”
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