Nat Sciver-Brunt Aims for Spectacular Bowling Return against India Following Remarkable Batting Performance – ENG vs SL, 3rd ODI

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Management of knee injury allows younger bowlers to shine at end of ‘exciting’ summer

Management of knee injury allows younger bowlers to shine at end of ‘exciting’ summer

By Valkerie Baynes | Published: 15-Sep-2023 • 16 hrs ago

Nat Sciver-Brunt holds the series trophy aloft

Nat Sciver-Brunt prepares to return to England’s bowling attack

Nat Sciver-Brunt expects to return to England’s bowling attack for their winter tour of India after playing a curtailed role with the ball through the summer.

Injury and focused role as batter

  • Sciver-Brunt suffered a knee injury during the Ashes Test in June
  • She returned to England’s 50-over side against Sri Lanka as a batter

Showcasing all-round skills

  • She bowled six overs in the T20Is and 24 overs in the ODIs
  • Finished as England’s player of the Ashes with 404 runs at an average of 57.71

Opportunities for young bowlers and team balance

  • Young seamers Mahika Gaur and Lauren Filer were outstanding on ODI debut
  • The decision to not bowl Sciver-Brunt was to give others an opportunity and allow her to recover
Charlie Dean celebrating after taking a wicket
Charlie Dean claimed her maiden ODI five-for at Grace Road

Charlie Dean and the growing depth in England Women’s ranks

  • Off-spinner Charlie Dean took her maiden international five-wicket haul
  • Jon Lewis, England’s head coach, emphasized the importance of team balance and Sciver-Brunt’s longevity as an allrounder

Youthful performances highlight an “exciting” summer

  • Players like Mahika Gaur, Charlie Dean, and Maia Bouchier made impressive contributions
  • Head coach Jon Lewis sees the summer as an exciting opportunity to evaluate players for upcoming World Cups

England players will now enjoy an international break before heading to India for their tour at the end of the year.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women’s cricket, at ESPNcricinfo

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