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Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Tammy Beaumont spoke to ecb.co.uk ahead of the final

England women have been spurred on in their outstanding World Twenty20 campaign by excellent support from back home.

Charlotte Edwards’ side’s form has been imperious in the sprint-format showpiece; they have reached the final on the back of four wins from as many games.

One of those came against tomorrow’s opponents Australia and Tammy Beaumont is among those who is extremely confident of England’s ability to overcome the final hurdle.

“It’s been great to be around Sri Lanka,” she said. “We were really looking forward to being part of a ‘World Cup’ and are loving every minute of it.

“There is a massive buzz around the camp. I’m very confident about our side and I reckon we will be alright.”

Speaking about the positive words she has received from England, Katherine Brunt added: “I have had a lot of contact with back home. I’ve had a lot of messages of support and congratulations; I am really happy about that.”

Holly Colvin revealed: “It has been our goal to reach the final and hopefully go one better and win. I’ve had some great support from home. It’s been really lovely having the support, not only from friends and family but the general public as well.”

Reaching the final embers of the tournament was expected of hot favourites England - though they still headed to Sri Lanka with plenty to prove.

That was heightened by a disappointing showing at the last World Twenty20, when - as defending champions - Edwards et al were knocked out in the group phase.

Brunt said: “The reaction to the New Zealand win (in the semi-final) was not thrilling because it was expected in the end but we were still delighted - especially given our result was so disappointing last time.

“We definitely did not want to find ourselves in that situation again so we are very happy.”

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