Lane unfazed by favourites tag

ICC World Twenty20 2009

England women’s coach Mark Lane is backing his side to cope with the high expectation levels they are set to face in the ICC World Twenty20.

England go into the tournament as the favourites following their tremendous success in the 50-over World Cup earlier this year.

They begin with a game against India tomorrow before taking on Sri Lanka and Pakistan in their remaining group matches and Lane is confident they can enjoy a successful tournament.

He told ECBtv: “We’re very happy. We’ve prepared very well and we’ve just got to make sure we play the right cricket at the right time.

“The favourites thing is just a tag. It doesn’t mean too much and we’ve got to make sure we go about our business, stick to our game plans and play each game as it comes.

“I know it’s a bit of a cliche but in tournament cricket such as this you’ve just got to win each game.

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor impressed in England's latest warm-up game against Australia with a quickfire knock of 42 from 25 balls

“We have got a slightly easier group but we won’t take anything for granted and we’ll make sure that we play three good games of cricket.”

After comfortably winning their opening warm-up game against New Zealand, England suffered a minor setback yesterday as they went down to Australia by five runs.

Chasing 143 to win, the hosts fell narrowly short on 137 for nine despite 42 from Claire Taylor and a gutsy last-wicket partnership of 45 between Katherine Brunt and Caroline Atkins.

Lane admits there are lessons to be learned from the defeat, but insists he is not overly concerned with his side’s form.

“We need more contributions from players,” he said. “Claire Taylor played brilliantly and Katherine Brunt and Caroline Atkins played very well at the end but there just weren’t enough contributions at key times.

“That’s the sort of area we’re looking to work on but we’re all right. I just think we were a little bit rusty and a little off the pace.

“I’d like to think we’ll see a different side against India on Thursday.

“We haven’t become a bad cricket team in the last two days. The girls know what they have got to do and we’ll practice hard tomorrow and come back with a sharper edge and hopefully a bit more clinical on Thursday.”

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