Greedy Lane wants more glory
Mark Lane has set his sights on adding the World Twenty20 to the World Cup England won in March
The World Cup is still shining brightly in the ECB trophy cabinet but that has not stopped Mark Lane plotting to win another trophy.
Less than two months ago Lane took England to the very top in women's cricket when they beat New Zealand in a dramatic final in Sydney. A triumph of that magnitude might have triggered some to pull on the slippers and toke on a fat cigar, content in the knowledge that few scale such dizzy heights.
Lane, however, is a different breed and after the obligatory interview requests and champagne receptions, he was soon back to work planning another assault on the world stage.
"Winning the World Cup was fantastic," he told ECBtv. "Absolutely brilliant. All the excitement and emotions. We as a group were really strong and focused and we really went about our business. That day on March 22 is one we won't forget.
"But to win something here at Lord's would be a massive boost for cricket in this country. We will give it our best shot."
Home is where the heart is and the satisfaction of winning the World Cup in Australia might take a backseat when compared to winning the World Twenty20 on home soil.
But there is a long way to go before Lane will need to perfect his trophy pose.
Last week he trimmed down his preliminary squad to 14 - Lauren Griffiths was the only player of the World Cup winning squad to miss out.
"It was reasonably easy," said Lane. "The amount of good players we have coming up from the Academy - Georgia Elwiss, Danielle Hazell, Rosalie Birch - were a consideration, and Lauren Griffiths who was the one to miss out. She didn't get much of a go at the World Cup but was a really strong addition to the squad."
Like they were down under, England have been placed in the same group as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. All group games will be played at Taunton before the semi-finals move to either Trent Bridge or the Oval on a double-header format with the men. There, Australia and New Zealand lie in wait.
"India have some dangerous cricketers - Mithali Raj, Goswami, Chopra," said Lane as he assessed England's tournament opener on June 11.
"India will be our main game but Pakistan and Sri Lanka will get better and the slightly shorter format of the game levels it out slightly. There will be some good group games.
"Australia have many good cricketers and the Kiwis will want revenge. They are a big strong side who like to hit the ball hard. We would relish the challenge of meeting one of those and will be ready for them."
England's stock has never been higher since that triumphant day at the North Sydney Oval and the team are beginning to be noticed outside the cricketing fraternity following numerous appearances on TV and in the national press.
But now it is back to business. The media interest might have subsided for the time being but with their new-found position at the top of the tree comes the added pressure of living up to that billing.
Lane insists that his team will rise to the challenge, determined to show the public that they deserve the accolades that come with being World Cup winners.
"Since we came back there has been lots of media interest and exposure which has been fantastic," added Lane. "We are here on Saturday with the World Cup to do a parade around Lord's which we are looking forward to.
"I don't think there is a pressure. I think there is an excitement. They are excited to show the people that Katherine Brunt does bowl at 70mph and that she does bowl a bouncer, the fact that Claire Taylor and Charlotte Edwards can hit the ball for six.
"Being number one there is added pressure, but the girls are looking forward to performing their skills at these high profile grounds."
Lane admitted there might be a few tweaks to the gameplan which worked so well in Sydney but was tight-lipped when pushed as to what the crowds can expect.
"There will be a couple different things," he conceded. "We might jiggle the batting order, we might bowl people at different times. We are preparing at the moment. Myself and Charlotte have a formula we quite like.
"We are on a winning roll, there is a good unity, we feel confident in our game. Twenty20 is a slightly different game to 50-over cricket but the basics are still the same - bowling dot balls, hitting the bad balls for four, running between the wickets. The main thing we will take from the World Cup is the confidence and the team spirit."