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Brunt, 37, will be retiring from cricket in one of the best forms of her life after completing her Commonwealth Games debut



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HOWZAT: England’s Katherine Brunt (centre) took a wicket with her first ball against Sri Lanka. Image: PA wire.

Katherine Brunt looks around and sees teenage teammates half her age and vocal boxers who have never been put down.

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“They speak a good game, they think they’ll never lose, they’re the best of all time,” she says. “And that’s the kind of arrogance you need.”

Brunt has not been in the world of international cricket for long. She will retire in one of the best shapes of her life after completing the sport’s Commonwealth Games debut.

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The 37-year-old is surrounded by her legacy – young opening batsmen and self-supporting bowlers and record-breaking crowds at pretty much every game here in Edgbaston.

Brunt set the tone for an embarrassingly emphatic win over New Zealand by ripping one through Sophie Devine’s defense with the fourth ball of the game.

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Then the young guns had the platform to perform, with Issy Wong hitting two and Alice Capsey hitting four fours to break the backbone of a nominal goal.

To see her shine in front of 10,892 spectators, the biggest women’s cricket match in this country since the 2017 World Cup final at Lord’s, was a glimpse of a bright future.

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Brunt said: “It takes a lot to step into a crowd like that and present yourself in front of thousands of people.

“They love it. They’re not intimidated, they’re confident people and they have it in abundance. They have to keep learning and they’re just getting better.

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“I’m glad they have it because I think that’s been a key ingredient for me and my career.”#

Nat Sciver will lead this squad as far as possible into games in the absence of Heather Knight with a hip injury.

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Knight is still a staple of the group, but the big calls on the field now rest with Sciver.

She doesn’t have to say much to her wife Brunt, but has to hold the hands of 17-year-old Freya Kemp and Wong in moments of pressure.

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Sciver said, “In an ideal world, I’d have bowlers as experienced as Katherine and I’d let them go so they could set up their own fields and things like that.

“When we have less experienced bowlers, you have to work with them in a different way. I want to give them confidence and make them want to do good things for us.”

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India awaits relentless aggression from Wong in Saturday’s semifinals and bowling battery will be crucial to limit openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma.

It doesn’t sound like Wong will step backwards between now and Sunday’s final.

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“We try to be really aggressive with our power plays,” says Wong. “We know that a good start puts us in the best position.”

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