Katherine Brunt: Commonwealth gold would be a ‘nice little final’, says England fast bowler | Cricket News


England’s 37-year-old fast thrower Katherine Brunt told Sky Sports that thoughts of retirement were “all the time”, adding that a Commonwealth Games gold medal “would be a nice little end, not is this not?”; England’s campaign kicks off on Saturday against Sri Lanka

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Katherine Brunt says she could retire from international cricket if England win Commonwealth Games gold this week

Katherine Brunt says she could retire from international cricket if England win Commonwealth Games gold this week

England fast thrower Katherine Brunt said winning Commonwealth Games gold “would be a nice little ending, wouldn’t it?”, hinting at possible retirement if the hosts emerge victorious in Birmingham this week.

England’s opener of the women’s T20 tournament – cricket’s first appearance at the Commonwealth Games since a 50+ men’s competition in 1998 – is against Sri Lanka on Saturday, with further group matches to follow against South Africa and New Zealand. The semi-finals are on Saturday August 6, followed by the medal matches on Sunday.

Brunt, who recently became England’s leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals (equaling her success in ODI cricket), said she has yet to make a decision on her future but thoughts of retirement were “there all the time”.

Katherine Brunt became England's leading wicket-taker in the T20 internationals when South African Laura Wolvaardt became her 103rd victim in the format

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Katherine Brunt became England’s leading wicket-taker in the T20 internationals when South African Laura Wolvaardt became her 103rd victim in the format

Katherine Brunt became England’s leading wicket-taker in the T20 internationals when South African Laura Wolvaardt became her 103rd victim in the format

“Even when people don’t put it in my head, I put it in mine,” Brunt said. sky sports.

“I don’t want to be on the decline and someone has to pull me out and say, ‘You’re done.’

“And there’s not that change where you just know, because I’m always going to like it and I’m always going to want to play for England and do my best.

“That moment will come but when, I don’t know? We’ll see how this tournament goes.

Katherine Brunt says she's confident she can still play for England after dominant T20 win over South Africa

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Katherine Brunt says she’s confident she can still play for England after dominant T20 win over South Africa

Katherine Brunt says she’s confident she can still play for England after dominant T20 win over South Africa

“That was my main goal, to get to the Commonwealth Games. Let’s see what happens from there; that T20 World Cup in February, the carrot hangs for that.

“But if a gold medal goes around my neck, who knows? That would be a nice little finish, wouldn’t it?”

“The lionesses have made the whole country proud”

With England in the final of Euro 2022 on Sunday and the national cricket, netball and hockey teams among those chasing Commonwealth Games gold, women’s sport is at the forefront of attention, and Brunt contemplates the prospect of a sort of quadruple. within a week.

“Imagine if we all won. This will be an absolutely historic, fabulous, incredible game to be part of,” she said. “As a sports fan, you are going to be spoiled.

“I hope we can put on a really good show and that we all come together and win. It would just be a fabulous occasion.

England women's captain Heather Knight will miss the Commonwealth Games opener with a hip injury but is hoping to return for her second group game against South Africa.

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England women’s captain Heather Knight will miss the Commonwealth Games opener with a hip injury but is hoping to return for her second group game against South Africa.

England women’s captain Heather Knight will miss the Commonwealth Games opener with a hip injury but is hoping to return for her second group game against South Africa.

“In the past people have turned their backs on women’s sport thinking ‘I can do it’. But I think people are now starting to appreciate that the level has risen and it’s good to watch.

“There’s some appreciation there and really loyal, patriotic fans who are going to support us and support us.”

Brunt has experience winning two World Cups over 50 with England – in 2009 and 2017, at home – as well as winning the World T20 in 2009.

Wishing the Lionesses the best for Sunday’s Euro 2022 final against Germany, the veteran seamstress opened up about her experiences on the biggest stage.

Former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain says the England squad will be full of confidence ahead of the Euro 2022 final against Germany on Sunday.

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Former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain says the England squad will be full of confidence ahead of the Euro 2022 final against Germany on Sunday.

Former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain says the England squad will be full of confidence ahead of the Euro 2022 final against Germany on Sunday.

“You come to the end of a tournament and your body has taken a beating because naturally every game you give it everything you’ve got,” she said.

“Equally, when he arrives a day before, they will suddenly feel invigorated and will be absolutely buzzing.

“The nerves will be there. The butterflies will be there. They’ll probably feel a little sick. It never goes away.

Jamie Redknapp and some of the young England fans sent messages of support to the Lionesses ahead of their Euro 2022 final against Germany

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Jamie Redknapp and some of the young England fans sent messages of support to the Lionesses ahead of their Euro 2022 final against Germany

Jamie Redknapp and some of the young England fans sent messages of support to the Lionesses ahead of their Euro 2022 final against Germany

“And then there’s obviously what we create as fans, they’ll feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. They’ll feel like they have to do this for the whole country – there’s that level of expectation .

“It all adds up in this big ball, but then it turns into a massive explosion when they go out on the pitch.

“I don’t care about the result. I just know what they have done so far, they have made the whole country proud. They are already winners in my eyes, and I hope they are in all the others.

“We wish them the best. Do it for England, come on girls!”




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