Marsh wants to bring the house down

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Playing in front of large crowds, like Sunday's at Hamilton ahead of New Zealand men versus South Africa, has excited Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh is thrilled to be playing on the big stage in New Zealand and hopes England will not fluff their lines during the rest of their Twenty20 series.

Marsh was player of the match with a T20 international-best 48, which she followed up with two wickets, in Sunday’s 48-run win that doubled the tourists’ lead.

The first two games, at Wellington and Hamilton, have immediately preceded T20s between New Zealand men and their South Africa counterparts, and the format will be the same at Auckland’s Eden Park tomorrow.

Marsh wants the women’s result to be identical too, giving England an early victory in the best-of-five rubber.

“It’s really exciting,” she told ecb.co.uk. “We’ve played at two really good grounds already in this series and Eden Park’s going to be just as good. Hopefully we can make it another win and make it three out of three.”

England have a 100 per cent record on this tour, which started with three warm-ups versus New Zealand emerging players.

“We’re playing some really good cricket at the moment and it would be great to continue that in Auckland,” she said. “We’re playing at a fantastic ground and hopefully it’ll be a really good game of cricket and hopefully we can go 3-0 up.”

Marsh is sure the tourists, who are naturally aiming for a whitewash, will not get ahead of themselves.

“It’s not really too difficult. I think we’re pretty down to earth,” she added. “We’ll take each game as it comes really and we’re just looking forward to the next game and hopefully we can play just as well as we have done in the first two.”

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