We won't be fazed - Lane
Mark Lane spoke to ECBtv on the eve of England's Super Six meeting with West Indies
England women’s coach Mark Lane claims his players will relish the pressure of playing for a place in the World Cup final.
He takes his side into tomorrow’s Super Six game against West Indies at Drummoyne Oval knowing victory will guarantee their involvement in Sunday’s showpiece.
Inevitably, thoughts have begin to drift towards the prospect of lifting the ultimate prize in women’s cricket, but Lane is confident England will not be fazed as they bid to maintain their 100% record in the competition.
“This is a massive game for English women’s cricket,” he told ecb.co.uk. “There is pressure on the girls.
“But that’s why they go to the gym. That’s why they train really hard. That’s why we have the camps at Loughborough. That’s why we went to Bangalore - for days like tomorrow.
“In a daft way it’s our semi-final so everyone is really focused. The girls are working really hard and we’re going to go about our business in a very professional manner.”
Lane spoke before Saturday’s victory over New Zealand of the selection difficulties caused by England’s phenomenal form - they have not lost a competitive game for more than a year - and he faces a similar problem ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
The team will be finalised today following a meeting between Lane, assistant coach Jack Birkenshaw and captain Charlotte Edwards, with those who get the nod assured of the chance to stake their claim for a place in the final.
“We’ve got such a strong powerful squad - all 15 players are here in their own right - so we always have major selection problems,” Lane said.
“So I’ve no doubt myself, Jack and Lottie will have a cup of tea and discuss it. It’s healthy competition.”
Lane echoed the comments of seamer Isa Guha by highlighting the threat posed by an improving West Indies side, whose hopes of reaching the final have already been extinguished.
“We’ve played them a couple of times and they’ve got a couple of dangerous players in there,” he added.
“As Jack said, they’ve got nothing to lose. They’re going to bowl as fast as they can and swing from their bootlaces. It could be a potential banana skin.
“It would mean a lot to myself to get to the final, but I’m sure it would mean more to the players. Ultimately it’s their game.”