Final frontier awaits Greenway

A one-day international series victory in India is considered one of the final frontiers yet to be crossed by a highly successful England women’s team.

ICC World Cup and World Twenty20 champions in 2009, England’s year finished on a downer with surprise series defeats in both limited-overs formats in the West Indies, something batsman Lydia Greenway is keen to put right.

Since Karen Smithies’ team overcame their hosts in a Test at Jamshedpur in late 1995, England have scuttled back home with little to show for their endeavours in India.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Greenway told ECBtv at a training camp at Edgbaston. “We’ve never won a series in India before in the history of the England women’s (one-day) team.

“It’s important that we have something challenging for us after a bit of a disappointing tour out in the West Indies. We’ve got the chance to put things right quite quickly.”

Greenway was one of the brighter spots of an otherwise tough six matches for England in St Kitts. The left-hander contributed 102 runs in two ODIs but could not avert a 2-1 series loss to the Windies.

And the 24-year-old Kent player expects a taxing assignment on the potentially slow wickets of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Mumbai.

England will have to get used to that, with the next Women’s World Cup slated for the sub-continent in 2013.

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway was one of the bright sparks of a lacklustre showing by England on their recent tour to the Caribbean

“The heat and humidity will be tough,” she said. “The wickets may well keep lower and there will be a bit of turn as well.

“Over the next few weeks at Edgbaston we’re going to be working on that. We’ve spoken about the gameplan - looking forward to that World Cup.”

England play five ODIs and three Twenty20 matches in India, their tour beginning on February 17 with a practice match in Bangalore.