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England Women vs NZ Women 2021

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After enjoying a breakthrough year so far, Dunkley aims high ahead of series with NZ

Last time Sophia Dunkley was preparing to face New Zealand, she was searching for a way to break into England’s top six, now she has her sights set on making a top-four place her own.

Speaking on the eve of England’s opening T20I against New Zealand at Chelmsford, Dunkley could reflect on a breakout six months in which she has become something of a regular pick at No. 6 for England across all formats and the third-highest run-scorer in the Women’s Hundred behind international stars Dane van Niekerk and Jemimah Rodrigues. She made her Test and ODI debuts against India over the English summer, scoring an unbeaten 74 in the Test and 73 not out in just her second one-day appearance.

“It’s definitely got world-class players in our top five so it’s quite a hard line-up to get into but for me it’s just trying to focus on what I’m doing and score as many runs as possible and hopefully put my hat in the ring to be in that top four down the line, which is 100 percent one of my goals,” Dunkley said. “I want to bat in the top four for England in all formats. It’s definitely something I’m aspiring to.

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