There's more to come - Atkins
Caroline Atkins was happy to play second fiddle to Claire Taylor in the partnership that sealed England’s place in the Women’s World Cup Super Sixes.
Atkins struck 69, her second successive half-century, in an unbroken, match-winning stand of 125 with Taylor (69), to complete a nine-wicket win over India at the North Sydney Oval.
The Sussex-born batsman admitted she was not at her best, but playing alongside the world’s number one ranked player made life easier.
Atkins said: “We’re really pleased that we won this crucial game. Our bowlers did a really good job taking wickets and bowling them all out for 169. We then batted in partnerships on a good batting deck to see off the required runs.
“I wouldn’t call my innings a fluent one but our bowlers took all the pressure off us so I was able to scratch around and bat around the two good batters.
“It was great to bat with Claire as she keeps the run-rate up and I can just bat around her.
“We now go into our final group game against Pakistan with four points but we still recognise that there are areas that we need to improve on. We’ll look to keep doing that as we progress through the tournament.”
England head coach Mark Lane was quite critical of England’s lacklustre display in their opening group game against Sri Lanka, but he noticed a marked improvement against India.
Lane added: “It was a much improved performance in all three disciplines today. It was good to see Holly Colvin coming into her own and taking 3-22. We were excellent in the field with Lydia Greenway taking three catches.
“After a slow start with the bat Caroline improved her scoring rate and ended up with 69 not out and was awarded player of the match. It was another blistering performance from Claire Taylor ending the game with a huge six.
“We’ll look forward to taking on Pakistan on Thursday on this beautiful ground with an excellent pitch.”
Victory over Pakistan on the same ground on Thursday would secure top spot in Group B and see England go through unbeaten.