England Women’s cricket team captain Charlotte Edwards has recently admitted that she has had problems in the past few weeks due to the selection dilemma that she has been facing before the team leaves for Australia to contest the Women’s Ashes.
“We’ve got a lot of headaches in term of selection,” she told ecb.co.uk.
“I think in the last 12 months there have been a lot of girls who have put their hand up, especially younger players who have come into the side and performed fantastically well.
“It’s a headache we like but no doubt there’s going to be some disappointed girls come next week but hopefully we’ll select the best team that will hopefully retain the Ashes in Australia. We’re in a good place as a squad; it’s great to have strength in depth in all departments.”
“There are a lot of younger girls coming in and it’s great for our academy system for these girls to come in to our system and perform straight away.
“We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a great pathway in place. They’ve gone through a great system that we should all be very proud of.”
Edwards’ team toured West Indies recently without the big guns like Brunt, Shrubsole, Marsh, Knight and Brindle and still won which was a huge success according to the England Women captain,
“I think West Indies was probably one of my most favourite tours so far purely because I was put out of my comfort zone with a young squad,” she said.
“To win the one-day series was a great effort from a young team and some of their performances were outstanding. Kat Cross, Nat Sciver and Tasha Farrant have done fantastically well so that bodes well for the future and for us as well.”
She also admitted that it’ll always be tough to tour Down Under though she was very confident.
“It’s the one place you want to tour,” she said. “And for the young girls who have never toured there I always tell them it’s the best place so hopefully we can back that up with some really good cricket.
“It’s a tough place to go but it’s somewhere we don’t fear. We’ve been a successful team out there, having won World Cups and Ashes series before. We’re going out there with confidence having done well, but we also know that Australia in their back yard will be a tough proposition and we’re going to have to be at our best to win.
“I think it’s always nice to start with the Test and Perth is a place we’ve been before, we know the conditions so we just need to hit the ground running and start well.
“To go and do it back-to-back, it’s something very unique and to win up there would be another highlight.
“It’s definitely a proud moment to lead a side to Australia and hopefully we can bring the trophy back home.”
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