Cool Colvin warms to the task

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Holly Colvin

Left-arm spinner Holly Colvin took two wickets in England's comfortable warm-up win over Sri Lanka in St Kitts

Holly Colvin hopes England can replicate their thrilling win over Australia in last year's ICC World Twenty20 when the two sides meet in the tournament opener at Warner Park.

Colvin played a supporting role in England's semi-final win at the Brit Oval where Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan put on 122 to secure a nail-biting eight-wicket win with just three balls remaining.

Colvin took 1-37 that afternoon, dismissing the dangerous Shelley Nitschke, but the left-arm spinner admitted England will need to bowl better this time.

"That was the best game of cricket I have been involved in," the 20-year-old told ecb.co.uk.

"The bowlers didn't perform well in the first half but watching the second half of the match was amazing.

"Australia are a world-class side. They have some new players in the squad who we have looked at. They are a talented bunch of players and our toughest opponents in the group. We won't be underestimating West Indies though.

"It's a big start to the tournament for us but we feel like we are as well prepared as we can be."

England spent a long weekend at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, training and playing the Academy twice, before flying to the Caribbean last week.

Once there, England beat India and Sri Lanka in warm-up matches as the team put the finishing touches on their preparations.

Australia, in contrast, endured a nightmare journey and arrived late in St Kitts after technical problems on board their first flight resulted in unscheduled stop-overs at Bangkok and London.

"We feel really fresh," added Colvin. "We are confident. We have had two warm-up games where we performed well.

Holly Colvin

Colvin celebrates taking the wicket of Shelley Nitschke in last year's tense semi-final win over Australia at the Oval

"I feel pretty happy with my bowling. To be honest, the bowlers before me have made my life easier in the warm-up games. My role is to take wickets and to squeeze the runs in the middle of the innings."

Colvin missed the recent tour to India, opting to concentrate on her Natural Sciences course at Durham University. Restored to the team, the spinner is glad to be involved again.

"I feel like I have never been away," she said. "All the girls are so welcoming and I can't wait to get going. I'm really excited about getting started. I'm hungry for more wickets.

"There is a confidence in the camp but we won't underestimate the other teams. Winning it last year has given us confidence knowing we can win a major tournament, but there is also the pressure of expectation.

"We have performed well under pressure in the past though."