Time to perform
Charlotte Edwards insists England's win over New Zealand in the Super Six stage will count for nothing when the two teams meet in Sunday's World Cup final.
The 29-year-old skipper was the driving force behind England's 31-run victory over the White Ferns, hitting a fine 57 and taking 4-37 to ensure her side took the spoils from last Saturday's clash at Bankstown.
But Edwards believes that success does not give her team a psychological advantage ahead of tomorrow's final at the North Sydney Oval.
"It was great to win the game but I don't think it's going to have much of a bearing on tomorrow," she said.
"Tomorrow's game is all about who deals with the pressure the best and whose key performers perform. They are two good teams who are very evenly matched. Whoever plays the best cricket on the day is going to win the game."
The experienced Edwards, a veteran of 123 ODIs and four World Cups, is counting down the hours to the biggest day in her cricketing life.
"I'm really excited," she added. "We are just ready to play cricket now. It's something we have worked towards for a number of years so I just can't wait for tomorrow to happen.
"I've played in a lot of big games but never a World Cup final. I think the Ashes last year was probably one of the biggest games I have played in. I am looking forward to tomorrow - it's probably the biggest game I have played in - World Cups only come around every four years. I have been in three semi-finals so far.
"Hopefully mine and Claire Taylor's experience will see the girls through. But the good thing about our team is that we have got a few youngsters and all they have known is success. It's a good mixture.
"I have told them to enjoy the day. Not many people play in a World Cup Final. If we play good cricket hopefully it will be a memorable one."
England and New Zealand have endured mixed fortunes since their last meeting, with Edwards helping her team thrash West Indies before seeing their 17-game winning streak ended by a fired-up Australia who inflicted an eight-wicket drubbing.
"The only bad game we've had was against Australia," said Edwards. "I think both New Zealand and us would have thought Australia would be in the final, but the I think the two best teams who have played the best cricket throughout the tournament are us and New Zealand and we both fully deserve to be in the final."
New Zealand recovered from the defeat to England by beating India and then battering Pakistan by 223 runs in a game which saw Suzie Bates hit an astonishing 168 from just 105 deliveries. Captain Haidee Tiffin also chipped in with her first ever ODI century as New Zealand rattled up 373 for seven.
"We have just got to worry about ourselves and bowl in the right areas like we have done all tournament," added Edwards. "We are going along nicely. Hopefully it was just a minor blip the other day but we are all really looking forward to it. It's what we've built up to for a number of years.
"We've had this team together for a number of years now - I am hoping that's going to pay dividends tomorrow. We are very clear what our best team is and the roles within that team."
Edwards revealed that coach Mark Lane might break from his usual tradition of waiting until the morning of the game to name the side.
"Hopefully we can let the girls know tonight because it's really important that the girls know who is playing tomorrow," she said. "For a World Cup final we owe it to the team to make an announcement tonight."