Lane delighted with Twenty20 build-up
Mark Lane chatted to ECBtv as England continued their preparations for the World Twenty20.
England women coach Mark Lane feels the team is in ideal shape ahead of their World Twenty20 campaign.
Lane’s charges begin against India women on June 11 and have been preparing for the event with a series of warm-up games.
Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor hit form with the bat in a comprehensive victory over the academy side, while there have also been matches against male opposition which Lane feels will benefit his players.
He told ECBtv: “Things have gone really well and let’s hope that continues in the next three to four weeks.
“There was a fantastic hundred from Charlotte (Edwards, in the game against the academy) and Sarah Taylor played beautifully as well and hit 75 not out.
“We also had Katherine Brunt, who came in and bowled with a bit of fire in her belly so it was a case of job done.
“Last week, we were down at Dulwich College and played their first team and we also played Surrey’s under-17s, so they put us under a bit of pressure.
“The previous week we played at Brighton College and played Sussex under-17s, so again we were fortunate enough to have two really good games down there.
“I said to the girls we’re trying to be cruel to be kind, and it seems to have done the job. It takes them out of their comfort zone and the girls have responded brilliantly.
“The boys were bowling at 80mph, which obviously the girls aren’t used to facing, and there’s different bowling, different actions, and different styles of bowlers so it’s good to see how quickly they can adapt.”
Following their recent success in the 50-over World Cup, England are understandably in confident mood ahead of the Twenty20 tournament.
The event takes place at Taunton - the home of women’s cricket - and Lane admits his players can’t wait for the event to start.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” he added. “We had a really good team building day on Bank Holiday Monday at Woakfield Park (in Berkshire), where there were lots of rope swings and slides and what not.
“The girls really enjoyed it, I really enjoyed it and I saw a lot of good things down there.
“It’s all part of our preparation and getting the girls out of their cricketing comfort zone and now we’re really looking forward to getting down to Taunton and getting stuck into the tournament.”