Were turnovers the Achilles Heel of the Sunshine Girls' world cup campaign?

By July 15, 2019
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    England assistant coach Graham Thorpe wants players to use their experience of the 1-0 Test series defeat in New Zealand to develop a harder edge.

    Joe Root's side are back in action in South Africa later this month, with the first of four Tests starting on Boxing Day at Centurion.

    James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow are expected to return to the squad having sat out the trip to New Zealand, where a draw in Hamilton meant the tourists were unable to overturn an innings defeat in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.

    Nevertheless, Thorpe acknowledges there is a bigger picture to consider when it comes to England developing their Test game under new head coach Chris Silverwood – namely the next chance to regain the Ashes in 2021-22.

    "We've got to keep developing our players, no doubt about that. They have to ask themselves when they come away from a trip like this: where can I get better?" said Thorpe, as quoted by The Guardian.

    "Because the big picture is that down the line, in a couple of years' time, we'll need resilient cricketers going to Australia.

    "It’s down to our players to be honest and for us to be honest with them.

    "If we are going to keep trying to go up that Test ladder and really compete abroad then we have to keep challenging the players along the way."

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