FORMER England seamer Anya Shrubsole has joined Southern Vipers as a player-coach.

Shrubsole earlier this month ended her international career, in which she won two 50-over World Cups and was instrumental in the 2017 final with a six-wicket haul as England defeated India at Lord’s.

But Shrubsole will continue to feature in domestic cricket and, having been retained by Southern Brave in The Hundred, she will be spending even more time at the Ageas Bowl after signing for the Vipers.

The 30-year-old said: “I am really looking forward to playing for Southern Vipers and have the opportunity to work with and learn from (Vipers and Brave head coach) Charlotte Edwards.

“Fast bowling is something I am passionate about so I am incredibly grateful to be given the responsibility to work with some young, exciting seamers as I transition into a life after international cricket.

“I have a lot to learn which excites me immensely and I can’t wait to get started.”

Shrubsole took 227 wickets in 173 matches in all formats in a distinguished 14-year career for England, in which she was also part of two Ashes-winning sides.

She began her playing career with Somerset in 2004 before moving to Western Storm 12 years later. She has also represented Berkshire as well as Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.