We have the edge over Australia: Brindle
After losing their first game of the tournament, England made a strong comeback by beating India and the West Indies to claim a place in the Super Six stage of the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup. The defending champions will be looking forward to kick off the next stage with a win when they take on Australia at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday.
While speaking to the media ahead of their training, England pacer Arran Brindle said that her team is raring to go and will try to make sure that they are able to execute their plans on the field.
Excerpts from her press-conference:
On facing England’s archrivals at a neutral venue
The conditions are different, but a game against Australia means a huge amount to both teams. We are expecting a very competitive game with everybody going all guns blazing.
On whether they have an advantage after having played a few games at the CCI
I think we have the advantage of having played a few games here. We know the lines and lengths we need to bowl here to perform well. We have been very fortunate to have played few games at the CCI; so we are looking to make sure that we execute our plans [...].
On the upcoming match
We have played the last few games under the pressure of having to win those games. [...] I don’t think we are going to change our mindset and that we are going out to win a game of cricket like it’s the final. So if we go out and perform like we have in the last two games, then we’ll be a tough side to beat.
On carrying forward only two points to the Super Six stage
As soon as you lose a game in any competition, it makes you revaluate and make sure you finetune every part. We have done that in the last two games and we are looking to carry that into the Super Six stage. And if we gain the maximum points from the next three games, we will be in a good position.
On Charlotte Edwards’ health status
She is feeling great now. She will back later in the day [for training].
On whether the unexpected loss to Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament was a blessing
I think you sometimes learn more in defeat than you do when you go on winning every game. At the same time, I don’t think we should see Sri Lanka as if they are a flash in the pan like everybody thought that point. But they went on to beat India even more impressively. I think while we didn’t know much about Sri Lanka, the world now knows, and it shows how open this World Cup is. Everyone is here to perform and challenge for the trophy.