We can beat New Zealand: Colvin
Although they are not out of the race for a berth in the finals, England find themselves in a must-win situation in the Super Six stage of the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup. Currently placed third in the points table, the Englishwomen will have to beat New Zealand on February 13 and also hope for a favourable result in the Australia-West Indies game in order to reach the finals.
West Indies’ win over New Zealand on February 10 has opened up the points table. At this stage, only Australia have confirmed a place in the finals. Speaking to the media ahead of their crucial match, England bowler, Holly Colvin said, “We obviously would have liked going into the game knowing that if you win, then you are into the final. But the games haven't gone our way, so we’ve just got to make sure we win well and make sure that we do our best. That is all we can do.”
“It would be absolutely gutting if we didn't make it to the final. We believe that we can beat New Zealand. And that is all you got to do before a game, make sure you are one up on them and make sure you have got to win the match.”
As mentioned earlier, the defending champions’ path to the finals will also be determined by the outcome of the Australia-West Indies game. Speaking about the impact of that match, Colvin said, “You can't control what is going to happen at the Australia and West Indies game. I am sure it’s going to be a quite close contest. All we can do is focus on our match and make sure that in our game against New Zealand we win it as well as we can.”
“We need Australia to beat the West Indies, and that is completely out of our control. So, we’ve just got to focus on what we do,” she added.
Looking back on their Super Six loss to Australia in a closely-fought game, Colvin said, “It was absolutely gutting to have lost so closely to Australia. In a way it gave us a kick we needed to make sure we beat South Africa as well as we can. And when we went to Cuttack, it was almost like a fresh start, a change of scenery. So, we’ve come back fully prepared and fully refreshed to play New Zealand tomorrow.”
“This World Cup has shown that there have been quite a lot of upsets. There have been a lot of close games. We just needed to influence the games we were playing,” she said.