Louth star Arran Brindle chasing Women's Cricket World Cup glory
ARRAN Brindle is determined to “put the record straight” when she flies to India today for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The Louth CC all-rounder was part of the England team beaten by Australia in the final of the World Twenty20 competition in October.
Three months on, and the 31-year-old, pictured, admits that glory for the defending champions in the 50-over format would help erase those painful memories.
“Losing the final of the World T20 was a massive disappointment,” she told the Telegraph.
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“We went into that tournament with a huge amount of good form behind us in the T20 format but just didn’t perform on the day.
“That will definitely spur us on to be more ruthless because missing out in that final wasn’t a nice feeling.
“We’re all extremely eager to put the record straight in terms of coming back with the trophy that we currently hold.”
Charlotte Edwards’ team jet out to Mumbai today before heading to their training camp in Pune ahead of warm-up games against Pakistan and New Zealand at the end of the month.
The real action begins on February 2, when England open their campaign against Sri Lanka, with Group A matches against India and West Indies to follow.
A top-three placing will see Brindle and co into the Super Six stage, with potentially the final, at the Brabourne Stadium on February 17, to follow.
“Everyone is raring to go now and there is a fantastic buzz around the whole squad,” added Brindle.
“We go up to Pune once we land and spend about ten days there before we start the practice games.
“It’s a good chance to get back outside and get rid of that ‘first game of the season’ stiffness that we all get no matter how much training we’ve put in.
“We’ve put in a lot of good performances over a decent period of time, so we have that belief behind us.
“At the same time we’re under no illusions that playing in India, and in that format, means every game is like a cup final, and we need to perform in all of them.”
The teacher at Louth’s Greenwich House Independent school missed out on England’s World Cup triumph in Sydney four years ago after taking a break from international cricket.
She believes her – and the rest of the 15-strong squad’s – preparations this time around have been spot on, despite the unhelpful weather.
“It’s been a manic few days preparing, especially as it is the off-season and none of our bags have been packed.
“But the overwhelming feeling has been one of excitement as we’ve been putting the final touches to things.
“We’ve had a couple of England camps at Loughborough, we’ve had some smaller group sessions at Edgbaston, and I’ve had two sessions a week in Louth at the Meridian – one of which with my one-to-one coach.
“So I’ve been getting plenty of cricket, albeit indoors, rather than outside.
“It has to be indoors but at the same time you can fine-tune a few technical bits rather than the more tactical aspects that we’ll look to work on during the ‘prep phase’ in Pune.
“Hopefully we’ve ticked all the boxes here and we’re ready to go.”