Lane looking to the future

England Women's coach Mark Lane spoke to ecb.co.uk ahead of the tour to New Zealand

Coach Mark Lane is hoping to discover his best XI ahead of an important 18 months when England women take on New Zealand.

The trip to the Antipodes marks the beginning of a busy period, with the World T20 taking place later this year prior to the World Cup in 2013.

England have opted to leave Katherine Brunt at home for a series which gives Lane an opportunity to assess his options.

Asked whether the focus on the tour would be on results, the coach told ecb.co.uk: “Results are obviously very important to any sportsperson, but it is about the development of players.

“We want to get in mine and the captain’s minds what is the best XI moving forward to those two World Cups.

“And this New Zealand trip will play an important part with players getting opportunities to see whether or not they are good enough.”

England have a score to settle in the World T20 after being knocked out in the early stages of the last event.

That came in the West Indies in 2010, less than a year after their historic triumph in the event on home soil.

Lane, though, believes their disappointing performance was ultimately a good thing, insisting the resulting soul-searching has led to improved performances.

“I believe the chat and de-brief we had after the West Indies (World T20) was a springboard for the next cycle that we’re in now,” he added.

“There was a lot of soul-searching, we found a lot out about ourselves and we were able to make some quite tough decisions.”

Lane admits their disappointment has given them a point to prove in the tournament later this year.

“We’re always there to be shot at and the team to beat apparently,” he added.

“We pride ourselves on what we do and we did let ourselves down a bit in the West Indies – we were a little bit naïve in some of the things that we did.

“We were brilliant in England to win the World T20 and we felt that we did not justify ourselves.”

Speaking about the New Zealand trip, he added: “It’s about going over there and beating the Kiwis in their own backyard, which not many people do.

“We’re going to go over there full of confidence. We’ve got a fantastic group of players going over there so we are looking forward to it.”

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