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Bolton & Villani Tune Up For World Cup

15 June 2017

Nicole Bolton & Elyse Villani

The Women's World Cup begins for Australia against the West Indies on Monday 26 June.

Perth Scorchers duo Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani are eagerly preparing for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom.

The pair were both in action in Australia’s 46-run win in a warm-up game over New Zealand on Wednesday, with Bolton making 53 and Villani posting 44.

The squad flew to England on Saturday, with the side’s first game not until Monday 26 June against the West Indies.

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Bolton is likely to bat at the top of the order with Beth Mooney, while Villani has been used in the middle order and also as a part-time bowling option.

“Hopefully in these practice games I can get a good amount of time in the middle,” Bolton said.

“And then settle in and see what happens moving forward.”

Bolton and Villani spent five weeks at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane in the lead-up to the tournament, providing solid preparation.

Australia had a series of games against New Zealand in February and March where both were involved, providing the only competitive cricket since the conclusion of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League in January.

“It’s been a great opportunity to spend five weeks up there with block training and playing some games,” Bolton said about being in Brisbane.

“I feel like I’m well prepared. With a week to acclimatise I’m well set.”

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