General News | 23rd January 2005

Notts Women lead the way for England

England travel to the World Cup in South Africa in March as one of the favourites and the Notts trio will all have crucial roles to play.Bates said: "Jane has been a constant in the side since I took over as coach and her experience will be vital as the only full-time wicketkeeper in the squad."Nicky has just got back to fitness after a tough 12 months with an ankle injury but as our batting all-rounder will be a key member of the squad."And Jenny's profile has risen since she first broke into the international set-up, with some excellent form with the new ball this summer."Bates named Australia as favourites for the eight-team tournament and also included New Zealand and India as teams to watch out for.But he added: "We have won our last four series of internationals, including this summer's series with the holders New Zealand and confidence is certainly high in the squad."The self-belief is there and although there's a tough schedule of matches to fight through, we don't fear anyone."England arrive in South Africa on March 8 and will start their campaign on March 22 against Australia.

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