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Mark Lane says the World Cup has come at the perfect time for England women

England women’s head coach Mark Lane is certain the cream will rise to the top at the World Cup, which takes place in India early next year.

Lane oversaw England’s outstanding World Twenty20 campaign that ultimately ended in disappointment as Charlotte Edwards’ side were beaten by Australia in the final.

That result obviously represented a disappointment, especially given England had won 25 of their previous 26 T20 internationals heading into the showpiece finale.

Yet Lane is relishing the prospect of a return to limited-overs cricket’s longer form, insisting it is less of a “lottery” than the 20-over version.

“We’re going to talk about scoring hundreds, crafting a spell, concentration in the field, holding your catches,” he told

Charlotte Edwards & Mark Lane

Charlotte Edwards and Mark Lane will be cooking up a strategy to ensure England's women are able to defend the World Cup in India

“Twenty20 can be a bit of a lottery - I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost it - but the best side will win the 50-over World Cup.

“The best side who can put runs on the board, defend those totals, get people out. Rather than just deliver a short gameplan, to be able to hold it for three hours when you’re bowling, three hours when you bat.”

Delivering is something Lane does not worry about when it comes to his own players.

“I’ve got full confidence in the squad we’ve selected in preparation for our winter training,” he added. “We’ve got 10 weeks of solid preparation ready for the World Cup, so we’ll be fine.

“I like 50-over cricket and I know the girls like 50-over cricket because the best players can put more of an impact on the result.

“Rather than getting quick twenties, our key batters can go on and score hundreds and we have scored quite a few hundreds in our last few ODIs. Our best bowlers can get five wickets instead of just two or three.

“We'll switch our plans and preparation to that 50-over stuff and make sure we're ready to go.”

The competition will represent yet another major obstacle for the women, who also have next year’s Ashes to look forward to.

Lane said: “This has come round quite quickly and we've been ready for this big year, if you like. We've got the Ashes next summer, so it's all come at once, but that's the best way for us.

“We've got multi-skilled cricketers who can play all three formats of the game, so we're looking forward to that challenge.”