Taylor seeks perfect finish

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor says England need to remain focused if they want to end their tour with a perfect record from six games

England women's tour of South Africa remains unblemished but the next two Twenty20s will determine whether the trip has been a resounding success.

Challenged to win all six matches, England are two victories away from achieving their pre-trip goal of returning with a perfect record.

This weekend the tourists will play back-to-back T20s and Sarah Taylor knows two games in quick succession, particularly in the sweltering conditions, is a tough prospect.

"Four wins from four - we couldn't really ask for much more," Taylor told ecb.co.uk.

"But we came here with a goal of winning all six matches. We are on the right track and know we have to play well this weekend to achieve that. Back-to-back games are always tough, especially in this heat."

After winning the one-day series 3-0, England made a fine start to their Twenty20 campaign by winning the first of three matches.

Chasing 129 to win, Taylor hit a fluent half-century to see the tourists to a comfortable seven-wicket victory with 17 balls to spare.

"The bowlers did really well to restrict them to that score on what was a really good wicket," said Taylor.

"We think we would have scored 160 if we batted first, so to keep them to 128 was a great effort.

"They had some momentum after ending their innings well and then taking an early wicket, so Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] and I knew we had to shut them down. We kept attacking in the first six overs and after that we knew we could just play properly."

Filling the sizeable void left by Claire Taylor was always going to be a tricky business but Taylor appears to have taken on the mantle seamlessly since being ask to bat at first wicket down.

"I am enjoying it at number three," said Taylor, who has scored 175 runs in four innings on tour.

"I wanted some more responsibility and they have given it to me. With Claire retiring there was an opportunity to bat at number three. There is added pressure batting there as Claire was brilliant, but I will probably put more pressure on myself to do well than anyone else.

"I don't want to compare what I have done previously at the top of the order or at number six. This is a new position. It's a new challenge and a new start."