Taylor living the dream
England's Sarah Taylor spoke to ECBtv after training at Lord's - watch the full video above
Sarah Taylor admits she is still struggling to come to terms with the prospect of running out at The Oval in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final.
England women meet Australia tomorrow afternoon, knowing victory will secure a place in the final against New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.
For Taylor, playing on such a famous ground and in front a big crowd – the men’s semi-final between Sri Lanka and West Indies precedes the women's clash – is the stuff of dreams.
“As the England women’s cricket team, you don’t get many chances to play at The Oval, so we’re just going to take it with open arms,” Taylor told ECBtv.
“We’re training here today at Lord’s, and playing at The Oval – it’s a bit of a dream world at the moment. Obviously this evening it will hit us.
“You just don’t think it’s going to happen to you when you grow up and play as a kid, so it’s nice to do it.”
England’s progress to the last four has been largely untroubled, with a 10-wicket win over India followed by 71- and 63-run victories over Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
But it says much for the expectations amongst the squad that they were not entirely happy with their performances over the last week.
“(Against) India we played pretty well,” added Taylor. “Against Pakistan and Sri Lanka we didn’t play the cricket we would have liked.
“But it’s nice to win and not play your best because you’ve still got more there to offer and more to show.”
Taylor, the 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman who has made 90 runs in three innings in this tournament, is well aware there is significantly less room for error against a dangerous Australia side.
England lost to Australia in their final group game in the World Cup earlier this year – they recovered to go on and lift the trophy – one of many tussles with their old rivals in recent times.
“Against the Aussies it will be a tough game, but hopefully we’ll put in a good performance,” said Taylor.
“We’re fully aware of our past against Australia, but we’ve played them in games that haven’t really mattered. Tomorrow is a game that matters.
“In tournament cricket and in games where you can get knocked out, we don’t really care how we get there as long as we get there.”