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