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Taylor confident of semi-final success

Sarah Taylor insists England have no preference over their semi-final opponents after qualifying for the last four of the Women’s World Twenty20.

Charlotte Edwards’ side beat Sri Lanka to secure their progress from Group B, but the current table-toppers would go through as runners-up if West Indies beat India in the last group game.

If India win, England would face South Africa on Friday, but a Windies victory would mean facing Australia on Thursday instead.

The latter fixture would be a rematch of the 2012 final, when England agonisingly came up just four runs short of Australia’s 142 for four.

And Taylor admits the prospect of revenge would be a motivating factor should the two sides face each other.

“It’s another game of cricket that we want to win,” the wicketkeeper told ecb.co.uk.

Opener Sarah Taylor says England's Women's World Twenty20 semi-final is "another game we want to win", regardless of whether they face holders Australia or South Africa in Dhaka this week

“There is not even a team that we’d prefer to play. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s in the semi-finals or the finals.

“We’re just going to look towards that game and do the best we can and hopefully try and reach that final.

“I think every game we’ve learnt something about the conditions, about our own games and about the way we’re playing.

“Every game the performances have raised a level and we’re walking into the semi-final a very confident side. I guess that’s what you need in tournament cricket, to be peaking at the right times, and I think we’re doing it.

“I can’t speak for every single player that was playing then (2012), but I think the majority will say that they never want to feel how they did that day ever again, so we’ve learnt from that experience.

“It’s probably from the tough times that you learn the most and going into that game we’ll have that in the back of our minds.

“We’ll look to put in a good performance and fight and every game against Australia is always a tough one so we’re going to give it everything.”

Taylor made her best score of the tournament with 36 against Sri Lanka, and the 24-year-old wicketkeeper is confident that her form is coming at just the right time.

She added: “I probably didn’t start as well as I would have liked, but feeling bat on ball in the last couple of games, especially the new ball as well, is really nice.

“Behind the stumps I’m just absolutely loving every minute of it; the crowds here have been brilliant and I think they raise the standards of every single one of us.”

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