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England vs Pakistan: Sophie Ecclestone bowls hosts to convincing win



With preparation for the autumn’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh dominating this series’ narrative, England’s spinners are consistently performing at a very convenient time.

Ecclestone, at the age of just 25, overtook Katherine Sciver-Brunt as England’s leading T20 wicket-taker with her three-wicket haul taking her overall tally to 137.

Sarah Glenn shone with 4-12 at Edgbaston and backed it up with 2-10 here, while seamer Lauren Bell continues to lead the seam attack with great maturity, finishing with 2-20.

Capsey also chipped in with one over and took two wickets in it, adding another valuable aspect to her game in what should be spin-friendly conditions in the subcontinent, while it was a rare wicketless day for off-spinner Charlie Dean.

There is the caveat that Pakistan were poor – they gifted England most of their wickets with loose shots, chipping the ball aerially for simple catches in the ring and swiping across the line regularly.

But with Dean, Glenn, Bell and Ecclestone all featuring in the top 10 in the ICC’s bowling rankings, they are shaping up as arguably the world’s most complete bowling attack.

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