Natalie Sciver was just another fan when, along with two and a half million others, she tuned in to watch England beat Germany for the first time in 31 years at the Women’s football World Cup last month.
English cricket is seeking solace after the debacle at Lord’s but while the men were left bruised and battered by Mitchell Johnson, for the women, who begin their Ashes series on Tuesday, the name that strikes fear into the hearts is Meg Lanning.
Walking into the kitchen of the Shrubsole family home on the outskirts of Bath you’re met with all the day-to-day trappings one expects of urban life. A closer look however and it dawns, this is no ordinary household. Tucked away behind the fruit bowl and perched next to the toaster a tall, gleaming, jewel-studded trophy sticks out. The engraving on the base gives the game away: 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Player of the Tournament – Anya Shrubsole.