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Path of steady improvement

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It’s great that we have made the Super Six stage but I’ll be honest and say that I would have been disappointed if we hadn’t made it.

The team is beginning to play really well – it was a good performance yesterday against India and we’re going to continue it again tomorrow hopefully against Pakistan.

It wasn’t as convincing a win over Sri Lanka as I would have liked last Saturday. I felt we should have got 300-odd against them, and then we didn’t bowl particularly well or field particularly well – it was a poor performance and we’ve had a few meetings over it and we’ve looked at our game plans, physical training and all those aspects and we’ve upped the rate. It was much better yesterday as a result.

It was a good game for us against India. I was a little disappointed with their bowling attack, although their captain Jhulan Goswami looked threatening. She really is a high class bowler. Batting-wise Mithali Raj looked high-class for them, but we were able to just curtail her down to 50 odd in 100 balls. I didn’t think she was as much of a threat as she has been.

We’re going to approach the Pakistan game in the same way we did the India one. We’ve got to play well in all departments and improve in all departments until we obviously meet the big guns later on – New Zealand and Australia.

I’m disappointed I didn’t make it onto the telly myself yesterday but the girls did really well! They fielded well and it looked like a mirror image of a man’s game when we were fielding. I like to think women can play and do reasonably well in comparison to the guys.

I think we’re going to make a few changes for tomorrow’s game to give some of the others a go, because if we suddenly get injuries and people haven’t played or batted since last summer you can’t make them go out in a final against New Zealand or Australia and expect them to do well. It’s important we give everybody a run. The experienced ones will still play but some of the others will have a rest.

We’re doing the things that we think we need to do in training – we’re not over-punishing them because it’s a long tournament and we’ve really got to save energy for the games.

Outside of cricket I’ve been being miserable with Mark Lane! No seriously we’ve had some fun - I’ve been drinking a lot of cappuccinos, but we’ve just been looking forward to cricket days really, and not been going too mad outside of that.

Although last night I did spend $80 Aus on my meal, so might have to go easy this lunch time as my $50 allowance obviously didn’t cover it!!

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