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Katherine Brunt hopes the memories of destroying New Zealand in the World Twenty20 final three years ago will inspire her to a similar performance against the same opposition in tomorrow's semi-final.

Brunt was unstoppable at Lord's that day, zipping the ball up and down the famous slope en route to magnificent figures of 3-6 from four overs.

Katherine Brunt

Soaking up the applause: Katherine Brunt celebrates a wicket during England women's victory over India in the group stages in Galle

England went on to win by six wickets with Brunt rightly named player of the match.

"I have thought about that day a lot since we found out we were playing New Zealand in the semi-final," Brunt told ecb.co.uk.

"My favourite moment was bowling Aimee Watkins. She's a big hitter so that was a huge wicket.

"I want to go out there and do the same thing. I will visualise that game as I prepare for Thursday. Hopefully some of their players will remember it too."

Like they were three years ago, England are odds-on to beat New Zealand at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium yet Brunt insists they will not take the White Ferns lightly.

There is the usual mix of nerves and excitement ahead of such a big game but England are in confident mood.

"Having played in these type of games before, I have the same feeling as I did back in 2009," she added.

"You do feel nervous but these are the games that remind you why you want to play cricket.

"I had a brilliant training session the day before we beat them at Lord's in 2009 and I was really confident before that match.

Katherine Brunt

An elated Brunt jumps for joy at Lord's during her match-winning spell of 3-6 against New Zealand in the 2009 World Twenty20 final

"For me there is a link between my training sessions and how I perform the following day. I had a great training session today."

England are the only unbeaten side in the men’s and women’s tournaments - they defeated Australia on Monday to record their third straight win - and encouragingly Brunt believes the team are improving as the competition goes on.

"It's gone well so far," she said. "In the group games we did a fantastic job in terms of winning the three matches. The batsmen and bowlers are doing a great job. We are getting better with each game.

"We are batting really well. It has been really pleasing to see the top three or four playing so well."

Brunt admitted that it took her a little while to settle into the rigours of fast bowling in Sri Lanka.

It is six years since she last played on the island with its energy-sapping environment, particularly for quick bowlers.

"I've not played here for a long time," she said. "I think it was 2006 when I last played in Sri Lanka. It's certainly as hot as I remember.

"It takes a bit of getting used to, both the heat and the pitches. I'm fitter than when I last came out here so that helps."

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