Taylor pinpoints White Ferns core
Claire Taylor spoke to ECBtv on the eve of the World Cup Final against New Zealand
England batting star Claire Taylor says the key to winning the women’s World Cup lies in combating New Zealand’s dangerous batsmen.
England lock horns with the 2000 World Cup winners in the richly-anticipated final at the North Sydney Oval tomorrow.
The White Ferns racked up a mammoth 373 for seven in the Super Six match against Pakistan, and also easily chased down India’s 207.
Taylor should know. The world's top-ranked batsman has a record eight centuries to her name in one-day cricket, and leads the scoring charts in the current World Cup with 303 runs so far.
“We’re pretty confident,” Taylor told ECBtv. “A little tired from all the cricket we’ve had, but excited about getting to a World Cup final.
“But New Zealand have some big hitters of the ball. They’ve just scored 373 against Pakistan. Their strength is in their batting - they bat all the way down.
“We need to be technically better than them and really challenge their batting.”
Haidee Tiffen and Suzie Bates may have compiled that second-wicket record stand of 262 against Pakistan, but England’s current form against the White Ferns is encouraging.
Charlotte Edwards’ side prevailed 3-1 in their ODI series last March.
More importantly, England managed to combat the Kiwis’ dangerous hitters in the Super Sixes. They sealed a 31-run win at the Bankstown Oval by bowling New Zealand out for just 170.
That match was a rare failure for Taylor, who scored just 19.
“We beat them in the group game and in a series last winter,” she added. “But come Sunday it doesn’t mean anything.
“Whether we’d bat first or bowl first. It’s just another game.”
But England will not go into the final unbeaten. They suffered an eight-wicket trouncing at the hands of Australia in their final Super Six match at the North Sydney Oval. Fortunately it was a dead rubber.
Taylor believes it might actually work to England’s advantage: “That defeat has concentrated us a little bit on what we need to do.
"It’s difficult when you’re already in the final - almost impossible not to have one eye on it.
“I’m not getting ahead of myself though. This is the game we’ve been looking forward to it.
“I’ve gone home sad from a couple of tours by not getting into the final.”