Yorkshire Diamonds all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards is expecting a fiercely competitive and exciting women’s World T20, which starts in the Caribbean today.
Davidson-Richards says England are amongst the favourites as they bid to add to the one-day World Cup crown they won on home soil in 2017.
England have suffered an injury setback with Yorkshire star Katherine Brunt’s long-standing back injury flaring up again in a warm-up match earlier in the week. The all-rounder has now been ruled out of the tournament and replaced by Fran Wilson.
But Davidson-Richards, nicknamed ADR, has highlighted England’s variety in their squad as a major plus for coach Mark Robinson and captain Heather Knight.
“They will be able to deal with all the conditions they are faced with out there,” said the 24-year-old, who has a rookie contract with England and played one one-day and five T20 internationals on tour in India earlier this year.
“They have players who can smash it to all parts, players who can grind out a total. They also have a really well balanced bowling attack.
“Out there you have slower outfields and slower pitches, which means less seamers and more spinners.
“They’ve brought in Kirstie Gordon and Linsey Smith (two left-arm spinners).
“Kirstie is a bit slower and Linsey just doesn’t give you anything. They’ll be really important. If they bowl how they have done at home, they’ll be more than ok.
“Sophie Ecclestone is also ridiculously talented.
“She’s the best spinner of the three. England have a barrage of them when you also include Danni Hazell. It’s just relentless.”