England aim to weather Women’s World T20 storm with win over South Africa

first_img Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Women’s World Twenty20 Topics Robinson is leaving his options open as to whether he sticks with a spin-heavy attack or picks an extra seamer, Tash Farrant, for the South Africa match. “I’ve looked at our pitch and it looked completely different to anything else,” he said. “I’m probably on to plan C.”If England can get the job done it will mean their final game of the group stage, against the in-form West Indies, will dictate who tops the group. Casting forward, a semi-final against Australia could be on the cards.“They have been talked up by you guys a lot, which is always entertaining for us to watch,” Robinson said, pointedly.“They are a good team and nobody can say anything different. We’re just trying to concentrate on ourselves. We have a hell of a game against South Africa and they will be coming at us hard.” Ominous Australia relocate mojo at Women’s World T20 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. South Africa cricket team Read more Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves Reuse this content England women’s cricket team Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Women’s cricket Cricket Share on WhatsApp If England can overcome South Africa, the team they squeezed past in last year’s World Cup semi-final, they can go to sleep on Friday having eliminated their recent rivals and secured safe passage to the final four of the Women’s World T20.That, according to coach Mark Robinson, would be some achievement given the hurdles presented to the team in terms of player availability and preparation in St Lucia, constant rain last weekend still preventing their bowlers from training at full tilt. That South Africa capitulated against West Indies – losing nine for 28 to be bowled out for 76 – only makes them an even more dangerous proposition. “They have always been a bit temperamental,” Robinson said. “On their day they are absolutely brilliant and they can beat anybody. This will be their Cup final – they need to win.”Since the rain largely subsided, England’s batters have been able to go through their paces across three heavy days of training but not the bowlers with run-ups unsuitable at their practice facility.Robinson is impressed by how they have rolled with the punches. “The girls have been outstanding,” he said, noting that the coaches had “flogged” them in the nets in order to make up for the vital days they had lost. “It is good to have stiffness and tiredness for the right reasons. I’d rather go in like that and slightly better prepared than undercooked.”Instructively, Robinson acknowledged he does not yet consider his team as likely to win the trophy as he did earlier in the year. “It has been quite hard work because we lost Sarah Taylor and Katie George and Katherine Brunt, then practice has been quite disjointed,” he said.“If you had asked me midsummer I would have thought we could have won it. Now we are just starting to get our teeth back into the competition.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more