Having clinched a hattrick in the last over and helped England beat South Africa in the Group A encounter of the ICC Women's WT20 in the Caribbean, right-arm pacer Anya Shrubsole has quite selflessly said that it is the whole bowling attack that deserves huge credit for bowling the opposition out for just 85 in 19.3 overs and pulling off a magnificent victory.
"Not sure" of how the hat-trick came about, Shrubsole ended with match figures of 3/11 in 3.3 overs but very aptly she credited teammate Nat Sciver for her outstanding effort and spell of 3/4 which actually kickstarted the collapse.
England then came out with the bat and finished off a comfortable seven-wicket win to reach second in the Group A points table behind West Indies.
"I'm not sure how (I got the hat-trick), A couple of slow balls came off for me, and then when they hit the stumps, it's something that's pretty special. But I think credit has got to go toward all the bowlers, and in particular, Nat, who was outstanding today," Shrubsole said afterwards.
She also showered praise on right-arm medium Sciver and affirmed, "(She's) been outstanding the last couple of games, She's been brilliant with the new ball. It's something she's done in the past when I guess either myself or Katherine have been injured, and she always does a brilliant job."
"She's worked really hard in the period leading up to this. I think she made a little bit of a technical change, and the ball is coming out beautifully. She showed it out there today to bowl with the new ball, come back in the middle and bowl at the end. She's got it all really." she added.
Looking forward now to the final league encounter against West Indies on Sunday, November 18, Shrubsole felt, "Look, we've got a great game to go yet. I think we can't overlook that, I think momentum is a huge thing in Twenty20 cricket."
"It's nice to, I guess, kind of have one foot in the semifinals, but we want to come out here and put in a really good performance against West Indies on Sunday, and then we'll start to look to Antigua and adapting to how things might be different out there," and concluded.
(Inputs from ICC)