England focus on group task

ICC World Twenty20 2009

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Claire Taylor insists England are still contenders for the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 despite a five-run defeat in their warm-up game against Australia.

Australia had posted a strong 142 for five from 20 overs, and England fell short despite a good performance from Taylor and a last-wicket partnership of 45 between Katherine Brunt and Caroline Atkins.

“One loss against Australia in a warm-up game doesn’t make us a bad team,” Taylor told ECBtv.

“A bit disappointing to fall short by five runs. We didn’t have a particularly good day in the field with the ball and probably gave them 20 more runs than they should have got off 20 overs just with wides and misfields.

“The batting didn’t really fire all the way down but a good knock at the end by Caroline Atkins and Katherine Brunt and got us close enough to have a shout.”

Taylor was quick to point out that England’s success in the 50-over World Cup also came after a similar result.

“We lost against them in the run-up to the World Cup as well,” added Taylor.

“I think we just need to get back focused. We’ve got to be calm and controlled and pick the right risks at the right time. Our concentration is on Thursday now.”

England face India in their first ICC World Twenty20 game on Thursday and Taylor is confident the side can improve on their showing at Taunton.

“We talked about our fielding and the fact it’s got to be a lot better. We’ll work hard in our training sessions on our catching and our ground fielding and be back up to standard on Thursday for the first match against India,” she continued.

“We also talked about everybody making contributions – whether it’s with the ball, in the field or with the bat. In 20 overs there’s only 120 balls to make an impact and everybody has got to be right on it for every one of those.”

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