Brindle revives World Cup memories
Arran Brindle revealed England women are taking inspiration from their victorious World Cup campaign as they prepare for tomorrow's NatWest Quadrangular Series final against Australia.
Two years ago England were battered by eight wickets by Australia in their final group game but dusted themselves down to lift the World Cup just three days later.
In that potentially morale-sapping defeat, England were bowled out for just 161 - a total Australia rattled past in the 34th over. Those scores were mirrored at Lord's yesterday when England's 168 all out provided little challenge to Australia who cruised home by seven wickets with 15 overs remaining.
England can take further confidence ahead of their clash at Wormsley from beating Australia in last week's Twenty20 final at the Rose Bowl.
"The girls have played a few finals against Australia," Brindle told ecb.co.uk.
"They were referring to the World Cup game that I wasn't involved in when they managed to lose a latter group stage to Australia and then went on to win the final.
"The girls are full of confidence and looking forward to Thursday and to put in a good performance would be nice as well."
England have been the form side in this four-team tournament, winning all six matches before they fell apart at Lord's.
Having collapsed to 26 for four, Brindle and Lydia Greenway mounted a recovery of sorts and it was something of an achievement that the hosts even reached 168. However, with teenage sensation Meg Lanning in fine form and fifties from experienced pair Shelley Nitschke and Alex Blackwell, an Australia victory was never in doubt.
"It's disappointing to lose any game of cricket," said Brindle.
"Playing so well this summer like we have, it's a bit of a blow, not to our confidence because we're playing some good cricket, but our aim was to go undefeated throughout this summer. It's a case of dusting ourselves down and picking ourselves up again for Thursday.
"With our batting line-up we'd back ourselves that that would not happen very often and we're hoping that day is gone now."