Sophie Ecclestone’s eyes for bigger goals after a successful New Zealand Series

Sophie Ecclestone, England‘s ace spinner, continues to dominate the world bowling rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Despite her sustained success, keeping her motivated remains a priority for the England Women’s team, though Ecclestone assures them there’s no cause for concern. Fresh off a stellar performance against New Zealand where she took 5 for 25 in nine overs, Ecclestone’s appetite for competition and camaraderie drives her forward.

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Captain Heather Knight, speaking after the New Zealand match, noted, “She loves taking wickets and we have to do some funky fields to keep her interested.”

Passion and People: Ecclestone’s Key Motivators

In a candid conversation on the ESPNcricinfo Powerplay podcast, Ecclestone emphasized the importance of her teammates and the thrill of competition in maintaining her passion for the game. “Travelling the world with my best mates and playing cricket for your country with them keeps me interested,” she shared. The spinner thrives in high-pressure situations like the Ashes and World Cup finals, which fuel her drive to excel. “Ashes series, World Cup finals, super overs in a World Cup, that’s what I live for, that’s what I train for and that’s what we all train for,” Ecclestone said. “Winning trophies, it’s obviously up there too, so I’ll always keep interested. I wear my heart on my sleeve and you’ll see that.”

Chasing Milestones: From Debut to Dominance

Making her international debut as a 17-year-old in 2016, Ecclestone has since become England’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is, surpassing Katherine Sciver-Brunt’s record. Her impressive stats include 118 wickets in T20Is at an average of 14.70 and an economy rate of 5.81, and 108 wickets in ODIs at 19.94 and 3.66. Despite not featuring in England’s 2017 World Cup win, she has set her sights on future victories, particularly the upcoming T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and the Ashes series in Australia.

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“It’s just win a World Cup and an Ashes,” Ecclestone said when asked what remained on her list to achieve. “That World Cup at Lord’s, that was the last World Cup [England] won and we’ve not won an Ashes since because I’ve been a part of them all, so it’d be really nice to do that in the space of six months, win the World Cup in Bangladesh, win the Ashes. It would be an amazing few months for us.”

A Dynamic Spin Trio

Ecclestone’s partnership with fellow spinners Sarah Glenn and Charlie Dean forms a formidable trio for England. This combination has proved effective, with each bowler complementing the others’ strengths. Ecclestone values this synergy, highlighting how they support and enhance each other’s performances on and off the field.

“I always say I’m biased because I love playing with other spinners,” Ecclestone said. “It’s a nice little trio, me, Glenny and Deano, and we all bring something different whether it’s on the pitch or off the pitch. To have them alongside me and play alongside each other, we help each other out. Deano showed her class the other day and Glenny held up one end for Deano to take all the wickets, so it’s not about always taking wickets but working hard for each other too.”

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The Next Generation of Stars

Ecclestone is equally enthusiastic about the young talent in the England squad, such as Maia Bouchier and Alice Capsey, who are making significant strides. She sees a bright future for England Women’s cricket, with a blend of experienced players and emerging stars poised to achieve great things.

“If you look at our squad now with the youngsters coming through, you’ve got the likes of Maia Bouchier, she absolutely nailed it the other day, and then you’ve got Alice Capsey, still only 19, she’s ridiculous,” Ecclestone said. “And me, Glenny, Deano also so young and Lauren Bell, the list goes on and it’s so exciting to have these players to be a part of the next generation of women’s cricket and England cricket and it’s really exciting to see what we can do as a group.”

Modesty and Team Spirit

Despite her accolades, Ecclestone remains humble, often deflecting attention to her teammates and their collective efforts. She isn’t driven by statistics, focusing instead on the joy and excitement of playing cricket at the highest level. This attitude endears her to her teammates, who appreciate her not only for her bowling prowess but also for her spirited presence on the field.

Ecclestone’s journey is a testament to her dedication and love for the game, and she looks forward to adding a World Cup and an Ashes series win to her already impressive resume.

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Sophie Ecclestone, England's ace spinner, continues to dominate the world bowling rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Despite her sustained success, keeping her motivated remains a priority for the England Women’s team, though Ecclestone assures them there’s no cause for concern. Fresh off a stellar performance against New Zealand where she took 5 for 25 in nine overs, Ecclestone's appetite for competition and camaraderie drives her forward.

Captain Heather Knight, speaking after the New Zealand match, noted, "She loves taking wickets and we have to do some funky fields to keep her interested."

Passion and People: Ecclestone's Key Motivators

In a candid conversation on the ESPNcricinfo Powerplay podcast, Ecclestone emphasized the importance of her teammates and the thrill of competition in maintaining her passion for the game. "Travelling the world with my best mates and playing cricket for your country with them keeps me interested," she shared. The spinner thrives in high-pressure situations like the Ashes and World Cup finals, which fuel her drive to excel. "Ashes series, World Cup finals, super overs in a World Cup, that's what I live for, that's what I train for and that's what we all train for," Ecclestone said. "Winning trophies, it's obviously up there too, so I'll always keep interested. I wear my heart on my sleeve and you'll see that."

Chasing Milestones: From Debut to Dominance

Making her international debut as a 17-year-old in 2016, Ecclestone has since become England's leading wicket-taker in T20Is, surpassing Katherine Sciver-Brunt's record. Her impressive stats include 118 wickets in T20Is at an average of 14.70 and an economy rate of 5.81, and 108 wickets in ODIs at 19.94 and 3.66. Despite not featuring in England’s 2017 World Cup win, she has set her sights on future victories, particularly the upcoming T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and the Ashes series in Australia.

"It's just win a World Cup and an Ashes," Ecclestone said when asked what remained on her list to achieve. "That World Cup at Lord's, that was the last World Cup [England] won and we've not won an Ashes since because I've been a part of them all, so it'd be really nice to do that in the space of six months, win the World Cup in Bangladesh, win the Ashes. It would be an amazing few months for us."

A Dynamic Spin Trio

Ecclestone's partnership with fellow spinners Sarah Glenn and Charlie Dean forms a formidable trio for England. This combination has proved effective, with each bowler complementing the others' strengths. Ecclestone values this synergy, highlighting how they support and enhance each other's performances on and off the field.

"I always say I'm biased because I love playing with other spinners," Ecclestone said. "It's a nice little trio, me, Glenny and Deano, and we all bring something different whether it's on the pitch or off the pitch. To have them alongside me and play alongside each other, we help each other out. Deano showed her class the other day and Glenny held up one end for Deano to take all the wickets, so it's not about always taking wickets but working hard for each other too."

The Next Generation of Stars

Ecclestone is equally enthusiastic about the young talent in the England squad, such as Maia Bouchier and Alice Capsey, who are making significant strides. She sees a bright future for England Women’s cricket, with a blend of experienced players and emerging stars poised to achieve great things.

"If you look at our squad now with the youngsters coming through, you've got the likes of Maia Bouchier, she absolutely nailed it the other day, and then you've got Alice Capsey, still only 19, she's ridiculous," Ecclestone said. "And me, Glenny, Deano also so young and Lauren Bell, the list goes on and it's so exciting to have these players to be a part of the next generation of women's cricket and England cricket and it's really exciting to see what we can do as a group."

Modesty and Team Spirit

Despite her accolades, Ecclestone remains humble, often deflecting attention to her teammates and their collective efforts. She isn’t driven by statistics, focusing instead on the joy and excitement of playing cricket at the highest level. This attitude endears her to her teammates, who appreciate her not only for her bowling prowess but also for her spirited presence on the field.

Ecclestone’s journey is a testament to her dedication and love for the game, and she looks forward to adding a World Cup and an Ashes series win to her already impressive resume.

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