Concerns over Katherine Brunt

England's 15-man squad for next month's Women's T20 has been selected knowing that Katherine Brunt, the squad's senior, might not be fit enough to participate when the tournament begins in the Caribbean in little

Brunt, player of the match when England last lifted the trophy against New Zealand in 2009, has been handling a back problem that she first had in the Big Bash League of women during the winter, and would be a "Player impossible to replace, according to head coach, Mark Robinson.

"We hope he's fit, but we have to be ready and prepared if he is not," Robinson said. "She's an impossible hitter to replace because she's hitting five or six and she also opens the bowls, so she has two players in one. "

Now 33, Brunt reiterated her valuable courage for England this summer, producing another player of players: Match's performance against New Zealand to seal the final of the T20 tri-series in Chelmsford, and offer mid-order vital races at key moments of the summer, including the best 72 of his career that was not against South Africa in the first ODI. 19659005] Heather Knight (Berkshire, capt), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Tash Farrant (Kent), Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire), Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire) )), Dani Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire, week), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Linsey Smith (Sussex), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

" She caused it to explode again at the Big Bash in Australia last year, and played with it, which caused some problems, "Robinson said. "He calmed down a bit in the summer and then burst again, so we do not know at this stage, obviously, but we tried to put it on the team, and it helps that we have some coverage to do." his role too, which had to do with the selection. "

Of the three untitled players in the England squad, two have been selected specifically considering Brunt's condition: Sophia Dunkley, a middle-class hitter for Surrey Stars who can cast the occasional spell of Legpin, and Linsey Smith, a spinner of the left arm who began her career as a seamstress and, therefore, is an expert in bowling in different stages of the innings.

"You have to Be ready for Two things, Anya [Shrubsole] and Katherine going down, "Robinson said." How do your places cover up as opening bowlers? That's where Linsey comes in, since he can play bowling in all parts of the game, something not many bowlers can do. It's different from all the other bowlers we have and can do something. from the ugliest parts of the game too. "

Concerns about Brunt's physical condition follow Sarah Taylor's withdrawal from last week due to her ongoing anxiety condition, and her possible absence would leave Jenny Gunn as the last remaining veteran of the 2009 WWT20 squad, however, the captain of England, Heather Knight, is confident that the lessons learned during an incredible final victory of the World Cup over India in 2017 will be translated into the shortest format.

"It's a good combination of players, which is what it takes to win tournaments," said the knight. "In the T20 cricket we have a core of eight or nine players who have played a lot. And at this moment it seems that it is only about adding those little bits, ways in which we can improve as a team. They have no scars, no fear: I told them: keep doing what you are doing, keep doing what you have here & # 39; and enjoy it. They have to go out and not show fear. "

However, Taylor's absence in particular is a blow, although Robinson reiterated that his condition should be handled as if it were a physical illness, he admitted that it had been an interruption in his preparation.

"Look, it's a bit [disruptive] but you have to be honest," he said. "You do not want to depend on a player. But she is a world class player. It is not easy to replace. If Katherine or Tammy [Beaumont] go down, what are you doing? Do not you want to be caught? short there. It makes it real. It makes you do an adequate planning.

"We have options, and that's what you're trying to do, I recognize that Amy Jones is the best caregiver in the world after Sarah, as a pure glove box, I'll discuss that with anyone, so we're covered there."

"What Heather and I have tried to do is get a team for all conditions, in all terrains, all sizes of limits," Robinson added. "You do not want to be a three-dimensional team. They want: favorites, not favorites, what we will be is well planned, well trained, guided brilliantly, and we will see where that takes us. "

Despite their own insistence that they will not travel to the tournament as favorites, it has not been like that. It was lost in the administration of the England team that the last time they were 50 world champions, in that overwhelming year of 2009, they also cleaned more than 20 superv

"There is always that pressure and expectation. race you have the chance to win the two white-ball trophies, "said Knight." Obviously I was not involved in 2009. Some of the girls did, and listening to their experiences and memories is great.

"It's an opportunity very unique that we have. The good thing is that we have a larger group of players that makes sure that everyone is pushing to get on that plane. There is no place for complacency. The players are fighting for. "

However, it is very unlikely that Robinson is criticizing his squad for his lack of basic fitness, as was the case when they were eliminated by Australia in Delhi in the semifinals of the last tournament in 2016.

"There were certain things that you had to draw a line under," he said. "Athletics is something that is given to you or not, you can not really turn someone into an armed athlete. But physical fitness is only a prerequisite.

"There will always be times when it's wrong as teams and individuals." "We're all human, we're not the perfect team, by any stretch of the imagination, but this summer we went down 1-0 [against South Africa] and came back 2-1 We have shown that as long as we stay together and remain tense, we have value for ourselves and we stand firm. "It will always give you a chance.

"I think a lot of what happened at the last T20 World Cup was the creation of this side," Knight added. "It is to be expected that many of the differences we are as a group will be shown, we will have something between our teeth."


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