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Yardy has no 'scars'

Spinner shrugs off expensive last over

Yardy: Moved on from final over

Michael Yardy insists he will not be haunted by his ICC World Twenty20 final experience during England's one-day series with Australia this summer.

The left-arm spinner was a crucial part of the victorious campaign in the Caribbean, being part of the team that defeated Australia in the final.

But his own personal performance ended on a sour note as his last over was smashed for 21 runs, including two sixes and two fours.

Cameron White struck three boundaries from Yardy's last three balls and will be in the Australia side again for the NatWest Series.

The Sussex all-rounder, who was then taken out of the attack in favour of Luke Wright, says he has put the over behind him.

Moving on

"I don't personally feel there are any scars," Yardy said.

"If someone gets hold of you, they get hold of you. The next day, you make sure you learn from it and pick up what you can do better - and move on.

"I definitely learned from it. I pride myself on my decision-making but I think, to a certain extent, I got a few things wrong then.

"But I think one significant (bad) over in a period of seven games is something to be quite happy with. I would probably have taken that before the tournament."

Yardy's impressive displays throughout the rest of the World Twenty20 have helped put him in contention for a place in next year's 50-over World Cup squad as a second spinner.


But the 29-year-old is not yet looking forward to that competition and instead is focusing on the impending internationals.

He added: "I think, whether I'm being teed up (for the World Cup) or not, the key thing now is that if I don't put in performances in the next few weeks that can all change anyway.

"Those other kind of things take care of themselves. I think if you look too far ahead it all seems to catch up with you.

"I'll just work on my game now. If that takes me to a World Cup, brilliant; if it doesn't, then I've had a great go at it and really enjoyed playing for England.

"I've been picked for what I do for Sussex and what I did in the Twenty20 World Cup, and it's now up to me to prove the selectors right.

"I need to make sure I don't just bowl well but bat well too."