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Beware the wounded animal - Shaw

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Nicky Shaw warned that England will take out the disappointment of losing to Australia on West Indies when they meet at Warner Park on Friday.

England went down in their opening game in heart-breaking fashion, Australia emerging victorious by virtue of hitting more sixes in the game after tying both the original fixture and the super over.

Having been bowled out for 104, England regrouped and skittled Australia for the same score to force a super over in which Australia made six for two.

England lost Sarah Taylor, but Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan took them to the cusp of victory but, needing two off the final ball, the latter was run out - leaving the scores tied and Australia pronounced winners due to Jess Cameron hitting the only six of the match about an hour earlier.

England women

A forlorn England are left to contemplate defeat to Australia in the opening game of their World T20 campaign

"We knew what the rules were," Shaw told "Going out to bat we knew we needed to score more than them as they had hit the only six of the game.

"Although we were disappointed to lose, in a strange way it was hard to be too down on ourselves. We let ourselves down the with bat so to come back and tie the game, and then tie the super over, shows how well we performed with the ball.

"I think a lot of the other teams appreciated how we stuck to it. Other teams might just have given up as it was an absolute road."

England gave themselves a mountain to climb after misfiring horribly with the bat.

Aside from Sarah Taylor's silky 46 at the top of the order, only Morgan and Lydia Greenway made double figures as England capitulated in St Kitts.

They will be buoyed by their performance with the ball, however, with Laura Marsh and Katherine Brunt setting the tone up front before the accurate Shaw, Danielle Hazell and Holly Colvin provided admirable back-up.

With the game in the balance, England went into the last over, bowled by captain Charlotte Edwards, as slight favourites with Australia needing eight to win with one wicket in hand.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor completes a wonderful stumping to dismiss Sarah Elliott and complete a fine personal performance

They managed seven before Morgan ran out Rene Farrell to tie the match and set up a super over.

"We went out to field knowing that we had to give 100%," Shaw said. "We still backed ourselves to win. We had such belief.

"The game just kept on changing. One minute we were ahead as the run-rate went up to seven an over, then it was down to four and they were favourites. We should have won it, though, when they needed eight to win off the last over.

"We had practised the super over at Loughborough before we came out here. Boggy (Marsh) did brilliantly well to keep them down to six runs and Jenny Gunn did an amazing piece of fielding on the boundary which saved a six.

"It was disappointing but it's a group game so we can still get through if we win our next two matches. Our route to the final at St Lucia is still open."

Standing in England's way are West Indies, who are fast becoming a force in the women's game.

In the tournament opener between the hosts and South Africa, which was played before England's game, Deandra Dottin smashed an astonishing 112 not out from just 45 balls, including nine sixes.

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin celebrates a wickets as England performed admirably with the ball against Australia on Wednesday

In bringing up her hundred off 38 balls, she made history by becoming the fastest centurion, man or woman, in international Twenty20s.

Her second 50 came off just 13 deliveries as West Indies piled up 175 for five, a total which South Africa came within 17 runs of.

"I think it's brilliant," said Shaw, whose is likely to be staring down the barrel tomorrow when she pits her seamers against the dangerous Dottin.

"I'd love one of our girls to do that. We can't get too worried about her scoring a hundred, though. She did brilliantly, but if we bowl in the right place then it will be difficult for her.

"We have lost to West Indies in the last few months and anything can happen in Twenty20. If we can repeat what we did with the ball against Australia and get 10% better with the bat then I'm confident we can win.

"We are going to hit West Indies hard and let out all the emotions that have built up."

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