Brunt pinpoints main dangers
England are acutely aware of West Indies' chief threats ahead of their crucial Women’s World Cup clash.
All four teams in Group A - England, West Indies, India and Sri Lanka - head into the final set of round-robin fixtures with one win to their name.
Tomorrow’s victors (India take on Sri Lanka in the day’s other game) will therefore be guaranteed progression into the Super Six phase, but the third qualifying place is set to come down to net run-rate, providing both matches produce a positive result.
England are happy to have their fate in their own hands and can take confidence from a 4-1 Twenty20 international series victory over the Windies in September.
However, the presence of Stafanie Taylor, who flayed 171 in West Indies’ thumping of Sri Lanka yesterday, and Deandra Dottin, arguably the most powerful player in the women’s game, ensures there will be no complacency from the defending champions.
Taylor’s one-day international batting average currently stands at a healthy 48, while Dottin appears in prime form, having blasted 89 runs from just 38 balls in the competition thus far with the aid of eight sixes.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, England seamer Katherine Brunt said: “They have got two world-class players in Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin. We’re very aware of both of them and we have our plans in how we want to bowl to them. We’re not going into it blind.
“We know exactly what we want to do and we’re really confident. We’ve got a lot of wins against them in comparison to losses, so we’re really confident and hopefully we can execute our skills.”
Few would have predicted such a keen battle for qualification from England’s group, with Sri Lanka’s shock opening triumph throwing things wide open.
Yet the improvement of some of the lesser-fancied nations comes as no surprise to Brunt, who believes England have set an example for others to follow.
“People are getting more support,” she added. “They’re becoming a bit more professional and learning from the way we have played in the last few years.
“They’ve really kicked on with their skills and are playing much better cricket. It goes to show in these games.
“It has become really tight and that’s why we can’t become complacent. We’re not taking anything for granted.”