Selection headache for Lane
England coach Mark Lane told ECBtv that he has a few selection issues ahead of facing New Zealand
England coach Mark Lane admits he is having issues with who to select for Saturday's Super Six clash with New Zealand.
Lane rang the changes for Thursday's one-sided victory over Pakistan, recalling three players including Laura Marsh who went on to take 5-15 - the best figures by an English bowler in a World Cup.
Marsh's performance has left Lane with a dilemma, albeit a good one, as he considers the make up of his side for the battle of the two unbeaten teams.
Isa Guha, the number one ranked bowler in the world, and all-rounder Jenny Gunn, who provides a crucial balance to the team, both missed the victory over Pakistan, as did Nicky Shaw whose ten overs in the win over India cost just 27 runs.
All three will be pushing for a place in Lane's side although much will depend on whether he and assistant coach Jack Birkenshaw think the Bankstown pitch will offer any turn.
"It's a very tough selection issue," Lane told ecb.co.uk.
"I am going to Bankstown with Jack to have a look at the wicket and see if we can get a heads up for our team selection tomorrow."
Both England and New Zealand topped their respective groups although the White Ferns, who defeated Australia, South Africa and West Indies, could argue they have endured a tougher ride so far.
England will not be too bothered by that having brushed aside Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan to extend their winning run to 17 games.
"We have made a good, solid start," added Lane. "There have been some good individual performances and as a unit we are looking stronger day by day.
"We are looking forward to the match. It's a big game, a massive game. Having chatted to the team, this is why we go to the gym, practice hard, have these weekends in Loughborough and go to Bangalore for games like Saturday.
"They are a dangerous side. They have got a few players who hit the ball in funny places and tonight at our team meeting we will discuss those, where we will bowl at them and how we will go about our business."