Eboni Beckford-Chambers says England´s International Netball Test Series victory over Jamaica was the perfect preparation for the massive Quad Series in Australia next week.
The 24-year-old goal defence specialist from Cheam played a vital part in all of England´s three matches in particular the decider at English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, last Wednesday where they toppled The Sunshine Girls 62-58.
Jamaica´s Jhanielle Fowler topscored with an impressive 45 from a possible 46 points while Jo Harten notched up 41 points for the hosts.
Beckford-Chambers, who plays for Australian ANZ Championship side Perth-based West Coast Fever, was pleased with her own personal performance: “I got stronger throughout each performance and building on the work done in previous tests,” she said.
“I felt like I stuck to the tactical plan and combined well with Ama Agbeze to ensure that we turned over as much ball as possible to contribute to the team effort.
“The series was the perfect preparation for the quad series as it allowed those returning from ANZ to reconnect with the existing England players.
“The three tests were mentally and physically demanding which are aspects that we will face and have to endure when we take on Australia and New Zealand.
“But as an England team, we showed that we can perservere, stick to the task and win. What better way to approach a quad series with that unity and belief.
“Over the last couple of years, England have shown that they can compete with Australia and New Zealand at the top level. It will be about putting a game of 60 consistent minutes together in order to achieve the result that we desire.”
England kick off their Quad Series campaign against world number one outfit Australia in Adelaide on October 14.
They then play world number two New Zealand on October 17 before closing the series with South Africa on October 21.