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Holly Colvin insists England still believe they can retain their Women’s World Cup crown, despite suffering a damaging defeat to Australia.

After being beaten by two runs at the Brabourne Stadium yesterday, England must now win each of their two remaining Super Sixes matches and hope other results go in their favour if they are to feature in next Sunday’s final.

Colvin, who almost carried her team over the line against Australia in the company of Anya Shrubsole, retains a positive outlook.

Holly Colvin & Arran Brindle

England women's World Cup fate is no longer solely in their own hands but Holly Colvin said: "We're absolutely confident and we've got to be."

“We’re absolutely confident and we’ve got to be. We need to make sure we win these games and win them well,” the left-arm spinner told ecb.co.uk.

“We are playing South Africa in Cuttack next and we did really well against them in the warm-up game; we beat them by a considerable amount and got 270 batting first so we were pretty happy with that.

“We’ve got to make sure that we put a big total on the board or bowl them out cheaply and we have to win, first and foremost.”

England captain Charlotte Edwards echoed Colvin’s sentiments when looking forward to Sunday’s meeting with South Africa and the subsequent clash with New Zealand.

“We’ve got to come back strong,” she said. “It’s about forgetting the Australia game now and moving on. We’ve got two big games.”

Colvin claimed her first wickets of the tournament yesterday, returning outstanding figures of 2-19 from 10 overs.

Yet having generally proven tough to score off thus far, she is determined to strike on a more regular basis from here on in.

“It’s good to have a good economy rate,” she reasoned.

“I’m getting more and more in rhythm as the tournament goes on, so hopefully I can put in some match-winning performances rather than just keeping it tight.”