England tackle New Zealand with one eye on West Indies

Defending champions England will take on last edition finalists New Zealand in a crucial Super Six match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at Brabourne stadium today.

Their chances of qualifying for the final will depend on the result of the other Super Six tie between West Indies and Australia at the MIG Cricket Club ground. If West Indies manage to register a win over Australia, it will be curtains for England, making the England vs NZ tie a mere formality.

The hard way! England’s Danielle Hazell indulges in some boxing to prepare for today’s match against New Zealand at the Brabourne Stadium. Pic/Atul Kamble

With Australia already in the final, there will be three teams — England, West Indies and New Zealand — vying for the one last spot.

England lost a low-scoring tie against Australia but bounced back to win against South Africa. England skipper Charlotte Edwards needs to fire with the bat, while the combination of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole needs to provide early breakthroughs in their quest to defend the title. While the Kiwis depend on their captain Suzie Bates, much will also hinge on their pacers Sian Ruck, Rachael Candy and Lea Tahuhu. England’s left-arm spinner Holly Colvin (23) said, “we know there is a slim chance of qualifying for the final and there have been quite a lot of upsets. We need Australia to beat the West Indies and that is completely out of our control. I am sure it’s going to be quite close. All we can do is focus on our match and win it.

“It would be absolutely gutting if we didn’t make it to the final. We obviously would have liked going into the game knowing that if you win, then you are into the final. But the results haven’t gone our way, so we just got to make sure we win well,” said Colvin.

As the use of Decision Review System in the men’s game continues to be a topic of discussion, Colvin said that it should be introduced for women’s matches as well. “DRS is used in the men’s game so why not in women’s games? But then, for that to happen, every single game would have to be televised. I think it has helped the men’s game and I am all for it,” she said.

Meanwhile, South Africa will clash with Sri Lanka in an inconsequential Super Six game at Cuttack today.

Both teams have no chance of qualifying for the final. Australia have already reached the final to be played in Mumbai on Sunday. 

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