“They deserve the success they are having”
Her appointment as Berkshire Women's head coach could hardly have got any better for Danni Warren.
Three ECB Women's County Championships games and three wins. But she knows tougher tests certainly lie ahead for her team.
So far, Berkshire have beaten Essex, Worcestershire and Somerset, although their great start to the season has been largely down to their two England stars - Test skipper Heather Knight and allrounder Anya Shrubsole.
"It's a dream having players like that in your team," said Danni, who is also head of cricket for Middlesex Women. "They make a massive difference.
"They bring atmosphere and experience to the group, and we will miss that when they are not with us and we will need to find a way to replace them when they are away with England.
"Heather has scored 200 runs in two innings on a difficult wicket, so again she has shown her quality. Anya at the top of the innings with the ball has been fantastic and complimented Lauren (Bell) really well. Lauren is bowling really well and has upped her game."
Wycombe-born Danni also praised the rest of her team, saying: "We have young players who are willing to work hard and they are putting so much into getting better and playing for Berkshire, which is really nice to see.
"To be able to walk out with two of the best players in the world, it doesn't get much better than that. You can learn so much from them, like the way they prepare and approach the match. It is a fantastic experience for every one of these girls and something they will always look back on."
Danni continued: "The team doesn't play many matches together, but they are all good friends and get on really well with each other, which is good to see. So they deserve the success they are having at the moment.
"I admit one part of the job I am not really enjoying is having to tell players they are not in the squad or in the XI on match day. You hope every decision you make is the right one, but it is not always going to be. There is competition for places and players know they have to perform to get the opportunity to play."
Updated 09:52 - 16 May 2019 by Dave Wright