Taylor revels in England success

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Watch Claire Taylor's exclusive ECBtv video interview in full above

Claire Taylor spoke of her determination to see her side to victory after playing a pivotal role in securing England women's ICC World Twenty20 triumph against New Zealand at Lord's.

Taylor finished 39 not out to see England to a six-wicket success in the final, and afterwards revealed losing her wicket during England's World Cup triumph earlier this year spurred her on to eventually hit the winning runs today.

“It was utter determination to finish the job off,” she told ECBtv. “Having got out in the 20s in the World Cup final I was really determined not to get out in this one and finish the job for England.”

Taylor's unbeaten knock enabled her to finish the tournament with an astonishing average of 199, including her vital 76 not out in the semi-final to see England past Australia. The 33-year-old was named player of the tournament for her exploits having picked up the equivalent accolade during England's win at the World Cup in Australia.

“It's been a great year,” she added. “Two world tournaments to play in, against some of the best players in the world, and England have won both. We've played some really great cricket and it's been great to be part of it.”

“It's not really sunk in yet. To play in Sunday's semi-final was a really great innings for me and to be not out again today and finish the game for England, that's what I play cricket for.”

England now have a one-day series and Test against Australia to look forward to and Taylor insists she and her team mates are still as hungry as ever for success.

“We are always striving to play better cricket and the expectation we have amongst ourselves and the quality of cricket we are able to play is high.

“The expectation we have within the squad is plenty enough to push the bubble out and keep the pressures from outside away.”

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