Guha wary of Windies threat
Isa Guha spoke to ECBtv prior to England's Super Six clash with West Indies
Isa Guha has warned England to expect a stern test from West Indies as they chase the victory which will secure their place in the women's World Cup final.
The sides meet at the Drummoyne Oval tomorrow, with England - the only remaining unbeaten team in the competition - overwhelming favourites to triumph.
They crushed West Indies by 10 wickets in a one-day international at Loughborough in July, and administered a 116-run thumping in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.
But Guha is wary of underestimating a side who have shown considerable improvement under the tutelage of Sherwin Campbell, the former West Indies opening batsman.
“They’ve come a long way since the summer,” Guha told ecb.co.uk. “Sherwin Campbell has done a really good job with them.
“We played a warm-up game against them a couple of weeks ago and you could see the improvements they’ve made.
“They were a lot sharper in the field and some of their bowlers were a bit nippier. They’ve got a lot of hard-hitting batters.”
Guha enjoyed success against West Indies last summer, returning career-best figures of 5-14 as the tourists were bowled out for a paltry 41.
Though she admits confidence in the England is high, she insists she and her team-mates will be no less meticulous in their preparations.
“We’re going into this game the same way we’ve approached every other game,” she added.
“Tomorrow’s a new day - different conditions, a different wicket. Hopefully I can adapt to the conditions.
“If we pull off a win tomorrow we know we’re definitely through to the final, so it’s a big one for us if we can pull it off.”
“We’ve been doing really well in this competition and we need to keep that going. We’ll be thinking about tomorrow but with Sunday (the final) in our minds.”
Guha also revealed her place in the team is far from secure, despite her status as the number one-ranked bowler in the women’s game.
She has played a key role in England’s run of four victories at the World Cup, most recently by taking three catches in Saturday’s 31-run over New Zealand in the Super Sixes.
“The girls have done such a great job; the competition within the team is really high at the moment,” Guha said.
“Definitely (you have to perform). You can’t take any game lightly. You have to go out there and give it everything you’ve got.
“Just because I’ve got that position it doesn’t mean I’ll continue to be there. I have to keep working at it, keep going out there and keep performing for my country.”