England eves geared up for Kiwi battle: Charlotte

Published: Saturday, August 4, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London: England's eves are all set to take on their Kiwi counterparts, said England women's team captain Charlotte Edwards during the unveiling ceremony of NatWest Women's Series and the NatWest Women's Twenty20 trophies in Blackpool recently.

Edwards said: "We are all really looking forward to the NatWest Women's Series against White Ferns (NZ)"

"We played them recently and had some indifferent results so now is our chance to show our capabilities.

The girls have just finished our domestic season with some impressive performances throughout the Super 4s and LV County Championship and we are confident we can carry this form through into the internationals.

"It's a really exciting time for the players, having a whole new invigorated management team with plenty of enthusiasm and new ideas.

"It's going to be an exciting summer and we can't wait for it to get started."

With a new coach in place England will be keen to impress, with everyone wanting to display their talent.

Right-arm seamer Nicky Shaw, newly appointed vice-captain, is desperate to play on the international stage after missing the winter through a cruciate ligament injury and added: "I can't wait to be back in the team playing alongside all the talented players we've got."

"We are two equally-balanced teams and there will be a lot of quality cricket played. I am backing England to put in some fantastic team and individual performances.

The main priorities though are to win, entertain the crowds and make excellent viewing for our supporters."

On being made vice-captain she commented: "I felt a great sense of pride and excitement. I am really looking forward to working with Charlotte and the new management team."

Having played New Zealand twice in February in the Quadrangular Series in India, the two sides will once again compete over the course of six one-day internationals.

The international series kicks off with three NatWest Women's International Twenty20s, the first two of which will take place at Bath CC on Aug 12 and Aug 13.

It will be the first time that international cricket has been played in the Spa town. The final NatWest Women's International Twenty20 match will be played at Taunton - the home of women's cricket - on August 16 and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The first ODI in the NatWest Women's Series also takes place in Taunton on Aug 17. From there both teams head to Stratford-upon-Avon for the second NatWest ODI of the series on Sunday Aug 19.

Derbyshire hosts the series' only floodlit fixture on Aug 23, before the teams head north to the seaside resort of Blackpool over August Bank Holiday weekend.

The final match of the series will be played at Shenley CC on Aug 30 with Sky Sports televising the two internationals at Taunton.


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