We have more in reserve - Edwards
England captain Charlotte Edwards has warned there is “more to come” from her team ahead of the Super Six stage of the women’s World Cup.
Edwards’ side qualified from the group stage with four points to carry over after winning all their games - increasing their chances of progressing to the March 22 final at the North Sydney Oval.
The top three teams from the two groups play each other over this next stage with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the final.
England, along with the other qualifiers from their group, India and Pakistan, will therefore face the 2000 World Cup winners New Zealand, defending champions Australia and the West Indies.
It may be a tough draw, but Edwards is confident England have enough left in them to cope.
“It was our goal before the start of the tournament to go into the Super Six stage with a clean record,” said Edwards. “We have done that successfully but now we have got a massive game against New Zealand and we are preparing hard for this game.
“I still think there is more to come from this England team. You haven’t seen the bottom order as yet.
“It’s not good peaking in the group stage as next week is the most important week of the tournament. It’s good that we are gaining confidence but the next three games are going to be massive for us.”
The White Ferns will also have four carry-over points to help them on their way to the final. Australia and India will take two points through, while West Indies and Pakistan, after having lost to the teams in their respective groups who progressed to the second stage of the competition, will start from zero.
In the first round of fixtures either England or New Zealand will lose their unbeaten record in the tournament as they go head to head.
New Zealand have the upper hand over England in their previous 48 encounters, winning 29 and losing 17 of the contests, with one tie and one no-result.
And Kiwi captain Haidee Tiffen believes her side know what they need to do to further improve that record.
“We need to bowl good lines and lengths and the key will be taking early wickets against them,” she said.
“It is going to be a great game and a good challenge and we are all really looking forward to Saturday. They were one of the favourites ahead of the event and they deserve that title.”
In the other games on Saturday, Australia play India in a replay of the 2005 final, while Pakistan will take on West Indies for only the ninth time in their history.
As well as serving as a qualifying round for the final, the top four teams from the Super Six will automatically qualify for the 2013 event, while the fifth and sixth-placed teams will earn direct spots in the 10-team Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2011.