Lane: Taylors and Colvin have lifted us

Mark Lane spoke to ECBtv ahead of the World Twenty20

England women’s returning stars have boosted the squad’s confidence ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 defence, according to head coach Mark Lane.

Premier batsman Claire Taylor, wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor and leg-spinner Holly Colvin are back in a 14-strong party after a winter of rest.

Charlotte Edwards’ side face Australia, the hosts West Indies and South Africa in a tough group, but Lane is unworried.

Sarah Taylor

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor is back in the England set-up after injury

“We’re going over there full of confidence,” he told ECBtv.

“I think that’s how we play our best cricket, with Taylor and Taylor coming back in the side and Colvin coming back in the squad. You know, were really excited.”

England meet Australia on Wednesday at Warner Park, St Kitts, before taking on the Windies and the Proteas at the same venue.

Lane is unconcerned about playing two such strong teams - West Indies beat England late last year - in the first two games.

“The unpredictability of Twenty20, you just don’t know what’s going to happen,” he added. “One batter might fire, one bowler might fire, but we’re relying on good, solid team performances.

“And, you know, if we’re going to win the tournament you’ve got to beat them all anyway, so whether you beat them in the group or whether you beat them later on, it doesn’t really matter to me.”

Lane admitted he has felt the weight of expectation that goes with defending a world title since England’s victory over New Zealand in June.

“I felt that pressure since that day at Lord’s, of how we’re going to go about defending this, but we’ve prepared well. The girls are physically fit and strong and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” he said.