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Cricket - 28. July 2015.

Format switch suits Shrubsole

Anya Shrubsole believes that England can be inspired by the change of format, white clothes and a red ball when the battle for the Women's Ashes resumes at Canterbury in a fortnight.

 Shrubsole was the pick of England's attack in the crushing defeat at Worcester on Monday that leaves them 4-2 behind on points at the end of the Royal London ODIs.

That was no consolation for the 23-year-old seamer from Bath, but she has stressed the importance of bouncing back from that disappointment before the Kia Test starts on August 11.

"It's never about personal performance, it's always about the victory, and we're obviously very disappointed not to get that," she said. "We were outplayed by Australia in all three departments in the last two games. But what's important is we go away now, regroup, and come back in Canterbury hard.

Shrubsole was the last wicket to fall as Australia clinched the Royal London one-day series 2-1Shrubsole was the last wicket to fall as Australia clinched the Royal London one-day series 2-1

“The series isn't over by any stretch of the imagination. If we play well in the Test match and get a victory there we're right back in it."

Shrubsole starred in England's last Test against Australia, in Perth in January 2014, when she took 4-51 in the first innings, including the key wicket of Meg Lanning, and another 3-48 in the second to help seal a memorable 61-run win.

"It's a change of format and sometimes if you've lost a couple of games changing the format can be a massive positive," she added. "We can take a lot of confidence from our performances in Test matches over the last few years and hopefully we can take that into Canterbury and give a much better account of ourselves."

England lost their last Test, against India in Wormsley last summer, but Shrubsole does not believe that will have any bearing when the Ashes battle resumes in Kent.

"It was a completely different ground, completely different conditions, and a year ago," she said. "There's never really any Test match form. The last time we played a Test match against Australia we got a victory, but I can't imagine the conditions in Canterbury are going to be akin to the Waca."

A positive mindset will be the key for Shrubsole and her new ball partner Katherine Brunt , as they "try to get a few early wickets with that new ball" - rather than going into the Test with the priority of avoiding a defeat that would leave them 8-2 behind in the Ashes calculations.

"We never go into any game thinking we can't lose this, we know we've got to go and put in a really good performance in that Test.

“If we go down to Canterbury and get a victory then suddenly we're 6-4 up. Yes we've had two bad performances so far but we're still full of confidence going into the Test match."

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