We have a point to prove - Lane
England head coach Mark Lane spoke to ECBtv during his side's pre-semi training session at Lord's - watch the full interview above
England women’s coach Mark Lane is convinced his side have the beating of Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final at The Oval.
Australia were the only team to beat England on their way to World Cup glory in March, and administered a five-wicket defeat over the hosts in their final warm-up game ahead of this tournament at Taunton Vale.
Lane acknowledges that England’s recent record against their old rivals has been a topic of discussion but he is confident they can extend their unbeaten run in the competition tomorrow and book a place in Sunday’s final against New Zealand at Lord’s.
“We’ve spoken about this,” Lane told ECBtv. “I don’t think it’s our skill levels; maybe it’s something mentally.
“But it’s another game of cricket, hopefully in front of a full house. I think our girls are fully prepared for it.
“I don’t think who you’re playing makes you prepare any differently, but the fact that we’re playing the Aussies has spurred our girls on a little bit.
“We know we’ve got something to prove and to show everyone we can do against them.”
The prospect of playing on one the most famous Test grounds in the world and in front of sizeable crowd will be a new experience for England.
But Lane has no concerns over their ability to rise to the occasion. Indeed, he claims they are relishing the step up in intensity as the tournament reaches the knockout stages.
“We’re kind of glad to get away from Taunton,” he said of the venue for the group games. “It was fantastic down there – big crowds.
“We’re just ready to go on to the next stage. We can’t wait, and I think the girls showed that this morning.
“We had a good session this morning here at Lord’s – the girls looked sharp; high level skills; the fielding was brilliant.
“Really excited about tomorrow and we’re ready for that.”
Fast bowler Katherine Brunt has been passed fit to play after a badly bruised cheekbone kept her out of the final two group matches.
However, she faces a battle to regain her place in an attack which restricted Sri Lanka to 69 for eight and bowled Pakistan out for just 60.
“She’s fine,” said Lane. “She’s a tough old cookie, a tough northern lass.
“She had a good bat and bowl this morning, and the physios and doctors are happy for her.
“The bowlers have been excellent and at certain points our batters have been excellent; it gives us some nice selection issues.”