The Guardian – Sophie Ecclestone was 10 when her mum realised she might one day play for England.

Summary

  • Sophie Ecclestone was 10 when her mum realised she might one day play for England.
  • Months later, she sat down with Mark Robinson – the England head coach – and her parents and made the heart-wrenching decision that she would sit out the 2017 World Cup to finish her A-levels.
  • England won a world trophy; meanwhile Ecclestone’s perseverance paid off, and she gained three A-levels, in PE, information and communications technology, and English.
  • In recent months the full-time commitment to cricket has paid off, with Ecclestone being one of the brightest lights of England’s 2018 summer.
  • It remains to be seen whether the wickets in St Lucia, where England play their group games, will suit Ecclestone: they are likely to be hard and flat, with little on offer for spinners.


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