Sidmouth’s Dibble can make impact at the World Cup in India

PUBLISHED: 18:06 16 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:26 16 April 2015

LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Jodie Dibble of England poses for a portrait at the ECB National Performance Centre on July 10, 2014 in Loughborough, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for ECB)

LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Jodie Dibble of England poses for a portrait at the ECB National Performance Centre on July 10, 2014 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for ECB)

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Jodie Dibble’s first taste of sub-continent conditions has convinced her she can have an impact for England at next year’s World Cup in India, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Sidmouth’s Dibble was part of an England Women’s Academy squad that went to Dubai to take on Australia in a four-game ODI series and two-game T20 series.

The spinner featured in five of the six games played by an England team full of young and inexperienced players, some of whom were sampling their first tour abroad.

But Dibble certainly did not shy away from the task, grabbing the headlines with superb figures of 4-35 in the fourth ODI that secured England a 2-2 series draw.

The T20 series did not go as well for England as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat but Dibble featured in both games and picked up another wicket in the first encounter.

And with the World Cup in India in 2016 on the horizon, Dibble – who has missed most of the last two years of action after three shoulder surgeries and a torn quad – is hoping she is back to her best.

“In terms of the bowling, I knew that I was going to have to take my opportunities when they came and I was glad that I managed to do that in the fourth ODI,” said the left-armer.

“To get four wickets in the game was very pleasing. The pitch was better for spin by then. At the start it favoured the batters but near the end we knew it was going to favour the spinners and we had to make the most of the opportunity.

“I hope I can take this form forward. I am off to Sri Lanka next week for a spinners’ camp. It will be a great couple of weeks out there, a chance to get some more overs under my belt.

“I have not really thought about the Ashes much, I want to try and stake a claim into the first-team squad of course.

“But I am definitely looking forward to the World Cup in India, that will favour the spinners more and hopefully I can push on, keep developing my game to be in that squad.”

Dibble has so far in her career appeared in one T20 international for England, in a clash against West Indies last March.

And while the Women’s Ashes this summer are not her main target, Dibble admits she was impressed with what the old enemy Australia had to offer in Dubai.

“They had some really good players who performed really well as a team. And you have to remember that they are coming off the back of a full summer of cricket.

● England take on Australia on home soil in the Women’s Ashes this summer – for information and ticket details, visit www.ecb.co.uk


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