Colvin relishing Australia test
Holly Colvin has urged her England team-mates to put one over the old enemy after achieving their first aim in the Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Charlotte Edwards’ side made the trip desperate to bounce back from a disappointing performance at the last showpiece, when - as defending champions - they were eliminated at the first stage.
England have made a fine start in doing just that, cruising to victories over Pakistan and India to seal their place in the semi-finals.
Tomorrow, however, the 2009 champions face their toughest test yet against an Australian side that are determined to keep hold of the crown they won two years ago.
The Group A match is effectively a dead-rubber, but Colvin et al are hoping to put one over their famous rivals, who are the only other side in the competition to have won all their games.
“There were quite a lot of nerves flying around in our last game, though they were quite well hidden,” she said. “We really wanted to win that game and make sure we secured our place in the semis.
“To have done that so convincingly has been great; we have done ourselves justice so far. Australia have also had two comfortable victories, whereas the other group has been really toughly contested.
“We are just looking forward to the game tomorrow and hopefully we can get one up on them before the semis and potentially the final.
“They are a very strong side and we have had some tough matches against them in recent times. We seem to come out on top, though.
“We feel like we have got one up on them at the moment, but we want to make sure we beat them tomorrow to get another one over them, especially in case we meet them in the final.”
Colvin will be among those expected to deliver the goods tomorrow.
The left-arm spinner has certainly displayed impressive form thus far, claiming career-best figures of 4-9 against Pakistan and a further wicket versus India.
“We’ve put in some good, strong performances,” she said. “I am really happy with how the game against Pakistan went personally.
“I didn’t realise it was a career-best until I got told, so I’ve been really pleased with the way I have been bowling.
“Against India, things did not come off as much. They batted well, though I still bowled in the areas I wanted to. We restricted them to 116 so that was really good.”
Those performances have ensured Colvin - and her colleagues - are understandably buoyant ahead of their next challenge.
“We are really confident,” she said. “We have had a really good run coming in to this tournament anyway, so to have three wins out of three - including our warm-up game - is great.
“With them being so comfortable as well, we are very confident going into the game against Australia - which will be a tough test for us.”