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Lydia Greenway insists England women will have achieved nothing unless they beat Australia and bring home the World Twenty20 trophy.

Greenway helped England overcome New Zealand in the semi-final but she says the champagne will only be popped open if Charlotte Edwards lifts the trophy in Colombo.

“The team came out here to win the World Twenty20 and we haven’t done that yet,” Greenway told ecb.co.uk.

“We all enjoyed the moment in the dressing room after the New Zealand game but we still have a job to finish.”

Standing in their way are old rivals Australia who, like England 24 hours earlier, cantered past their opponents in a low-scoring game with West Indies today.

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway reverse-sweeps during her quickfire 22 which helped England women to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand

England, however, have a psychological advantage over Sunday’s opposition. Only four days ago, in a dress rehearsal for the final, England sauntered to a seven-wicket win over Australia in their final group game.

Chasing 145 to win, England coasted home with 11 balls remaining thanks for a wonderful 65 not out from Edwards and a belligerent 33 from Danni Wyatt.

“Everyone is really pleased with how we are playing,” said Greenway, who made 22 from 19 balls against New Zealand.

“Everyone is contributing which is important. We need people who have not had much of an opportunity to put their hand up, like Danni Wyatt did in the win against Australia.”

England will have a full training session tomorrow when they will put the final touches on their preparations for Australia. They will then rest up for the evening before heading to the Premadasa Stadium around Sunday lunchtime.

“During our training session tomorrow we will focus on our plans for Australia and how we will set about them,” Greenway added.

“Then it will be dinner, perhaps a film and an early night. I like my sleep so I won’t have a problem sleeping the night before the final. Some of the girls struggle before big games but adrenaline gets you through.

“I’m excited about it. It’s what you train so hard for - to be playing in a world cup final.

“All the girls are excited but we still have a big job to do.”

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