Raising the bar

Posted in England team blog

I'm really excited about our semi-final with Sri Lanka. Like the rest of the team, I can't wait. They are a very good side but we are confident and are looking forward to it.

Although it's a semi-final it's important we treat it as just another game. We have played some really good cricket so far and we don't want to spoil it with one bad performance.

Sri Lanka are a competitive side. They have a strong batting line-up and their seam bowlers will be looking to take the pace off the ball. Ajantha Mendis is an excellent spinner.

We have played really well so far but by no means do we think we have played the perfect match. We can still improve by five or 10 per cent and raise the bar.

The bowlers have conceded fours at the start or end of an over and we can field better than we did against New Zealand. The batting is almost there but we can always score a few more runs.

Sometimes in training it is all about trying to improve by one per cent and that's why we worked hard in the nets today. We don't ever want to get carried away with playing well as there is still a semi-final and hopefully a final to come.

I'm loving being involved. I have been bowling at the death the whole of my career and I'd rather be doing that than fielding at fine-leg for the last few overs. Bowling the last over can either make you a hero or villain so hopefully I can be a hero on Thursday.

When you are playing well everyone enjoys each other's company, so the atmosphere in the camp is excellent at the moment.

Ryan Sidebottom

I am really enjoying the ICC World Twenty20 and I hope our journey won't end against Sri Lanka on Thursday

Barbados is a totally different wicket to St Lucia so we sat down as a bowling unit before the last game and talked about how we would bowl. The tactic of taking the pace off when bowling short worked really well against New Zealand and hopefully it will go well if we use it against Sri Lanka.

You really have to think on your feet as a bowler in Twenty20 cricket. You don't have much time to think so it's important to take two or three seconds at the end of your mark to decide what you are going to bowl.

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