Arran Brindle determined to help clinch Women's Cricket World Cup in India
Two heartbreaking disappointments on the world stage has plunged Arran Brindle into a race against time to fulfil her ultimate ambition in women's cricket.
The England all-rounder from Louth reached the semi-finals of the Women's Cricket World Cup in 2005 and finished as a runner-up at the Women's World Twenty20 last October.
Brindle will have a third opportunity to clinch a global title with her country at her second World Cup, which starts tomorrow (Thursday) in Mumbai.
"I'm getting closer and closer. Hopefully I'll have the chance of winning one of these competitions," said Brindle, who plays for Louth CC in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier.
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"I have been to a few of them now and am yet to experience real glory.
"It's the biggest thing we can play for in women's cricket and I don't want to let it slip through my fingers."
The national side's last outing in any form of the game was their disappointing four-run defeat in the final of the World Twenty20 at the hands of Australia in October.
In an effort to iron out any rustiness in their game, the team has scheduled two warm-up fixtures against Pakistan and New Zealand on Monday and Wednesday respectively.
"At this point in the year we are all very eager to get back out onto the pitches," she said.
"The buzz has returned and we're working hard on our tactics and preparing for the games as professionally as possible.
"It can be a tough run of games and even tougher to carry a winning momentum the whole way through.
"We are focussing on getting out there and hitting the ground running on these outdoor pitches."
Brindle and her England team-mates flew out to the subcontinent last week and have been sharpening up for the tournament in Pune.
Charlotte Edwards' side won both of their one-day international series in 2012.
A whitewash in New Zealand was followed by a hard-fought 3-2 victory over India in July.
Those triumphs, coupled with their status as defending world champions, has left confidence high.
But Brindle, who has made 80 ODI appearances, is not underestimating the chances of the tournament's host nation.
"The World Twenty20 was one of the few blips in our season and was very disappointing.
"But we are still confident going into this competition. We are under no illusions that India is a very hard place to go and not many teams go out there and win.
"India beat us twice in 2012 and will rack up big scores given half the chance.
"India are a huge force in their own backyard and they need to be put forward as strong favourites.
"Ourselves, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies are also in with a serious shout. Of those five teams anyone could beat anyone."