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As England Women travel to India to defend their ICC World Cup title, captain Charlotte Edwards assesses a frenetic build up.
"Things have been full on for me and the squad since we returned from Sri Lanka and the ICC World T20 in October - but the last week or so has been particularly hectic. I'm glad to finally be in India and can't wait to start our defence of the ICC Women's World Cup.
I'm glad to finally be in India
"I'm pleased to say that, as was the case when we were in Sri Lanka, I've been delighted to see how much interest there has been from the media and public ahead of this tournament. In fact, this brings me even more pleasure, as it's a stand-alone event for women's cricket and great for the profile of women's sport.
"As a team we are all fully focussed on defending our World Cup title with thoughts and plans for the exciting Ashes summer and domestic season, plus the media attention back home, taking a back seat for the next month or two.
"We have all been working hard to be as well prepared as possible by the time we play our first group game against Sri Lanka on February 2 and as captain this means plenty of different activities to keep me occupied. So alongside training and gym sessions there have been meetings with England Women's Head Coach Mark Lane, and Clare Connor, who heads up England Women's cricket at the ECB to plan our strategy in India.
"I was also recently involved in filming at Lord's for some promotional pieces for Sky's coverage of the tournament. It was a really enjoyable yet tiring experience. I don't think I'll be moving into acting after my cricket career, I haven't got the patience for filming!
"Away from England training I've delivered a couple of MCC Spirit of Cricket assemblies for Chance to Shine in the past few weeks. It's always great fun, particularly when we play the short cricket action video at the start. I like to get involved and have developed a dance routine over the year, which means that the choice of song we use is important - Domino by Jessie J has done us well this year - but I'm still unsure about next year's choice, Florence and the Machine's Spectrum (Say My Name).
"It might be on my iPod a bit in India..."
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