Corbin ‘world class’, says Neville

Team Bath’s Kadeen Corbin strengthened her claim for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games selection with some stand-out performances for England against Malawi Queens.

England head coach Tracey Neville described Corbin’s shooting as “world class” after her ‘Player of the Match’ display inspired the Roses to a hard-fought 66-60 victory over the tourists in their opening match.

Corbin was hugely influential once again in the second fixture, making her 50th appearance for her country, as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Vitality Netball International Series with a 61-53 success.

The series concluded on Wednesday when England came from behind to beat Malawi 62-60 and complete a 3-0 series win.

The first match at Copper Box Arena in London saw Corbin and former Team Bath shooter Rachel Dunn fire England into an 11-goal lead at the end of a blistering first quarter.

Malawi rallied and chipped away at the lead but, with five minutes of the third-quarter remaining, Corbin was switched from goal attack to goal shooter and helped England restore a ten-goal advantage before seeing out the win.

“Kadeen was an intelligent athlete in that game,” said Neville. “She led by example and her shooting was world class.”

Corbin had the honour of leading the team out in her 50th international appearance for the second match and began the game in style with an excellent steal in the midcourt.

She again found the net with great regularity from all parts of the shooting circle as England led throughout and, after moving to GS for the second-half, combined brilliantly with sister Sasha to secure the victory.

Corbin, who recently celebrated her 26th birthday, will now return to Team Bath Netball as they continue their preparations for the 2018 Vitality Superleague season.

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