Coach's Scathing attack on women players

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England's women have been left in little doubt they will immediately be playing for their World Cup places when this summer's series against South Africa begins.

England's women have been left in little doubt they will immediately be playing for their World Cup places when this summer's series against South Africa begins.

Coach Paul Farbrace has already said many may be on borrowed time as far as their international careers are concerned, following this winter's disastrous tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Having overseen nine one-day defeats out of nine on tour, former Kent and Middlesex wicketkeeper Farbrace is fast running out of patience.

He told Teletext: "Anyone batting in the top six on that tour knows their place is in huge doubt. If selection was purely down to me some of them would never play again."

Farbrace exonerated only Clare Taylor when he added: "None showed the application needed. Many of the top order have reached the end of the line.

"Everyone in the squad has had the opportunity to show what they can do, and it's not been enough. It's time for a change.

Looking ahead to the World Cup back in New Zealand in November this year, Farbrace said: "We have five one-day internationals (against South Africa this summer) to show we're over our winter hammering and settle on a line-up for the big one.

"The biggest mistake I made on the winter tour was over-estimating our ability. I won't do it again."

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