We will look to win well against New Zealand: Holly Colvin

If West Indies beat Australia on Wednesday in their last Super Six match, the England-New Zealand game will become inconsequential, and Colvin said it would be absolutely gutting if her team didn't reach the final.

Updated: February 12, 2013 18:46 IST
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Mumbai: With England having an outside chance of qualifying for the ICC Women's World Cup final, left-arm spinner Holly Colvin said the defending champions would have to make sure that they not just win but win convincingly against New Zealand here on Wednesday.

"We obviously would have liked going into the game knowing that if you win then we are into the final, but games haven't gone our way, so we just got to make sure we win well and make sure that we do our best. That is all we can do.

"You can't control what is going to happen at the Australia and West Indies game, I am sure its 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," Colvin told reporters here.

If West Indies beat Australia on Wednesday in their last Super Six match, the England-New Zealand game will become inconsequential, and Colvin said it would be absolutely gutting if her team didn't reach the final.

"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," she said.

Asked if it would be an advantage to play the day/night match, even as West Indies will take on Australia in a day game, the 23-year-old said, "It might be an advantage (to know what we need to do) but like I said, we need Australia to beat the West Indies and that is completely out of our control. So just got to focus on what we do."

Colvin admitted that England's two-run defeat to Australia proved really damaging.

"We knew there was a slim chance. This World Cup has shown that there have been quite a lot of upsets. There have been lot of close games. We just needed to influence the games we were playing," she said.

Asked if the decision review system should be introduced in women's cricket, Colvin said, "It is in the men's game and it might be something that we would look to have but it has got to be fair to all teams, which means that every single game would have to be televised so that you could do that.

"I think it has been a help to the men's game and I am all for it. So why not in the women's game."

New Zealand vice captain, Amy Satterthwaite said the England are tough to beat and her team will have to perform well to win the game.

"England have been world class for a long time, they have proved it. They have been on the top for a long time and they have won consistently in series as well as World Cup tournaments. I think they are a team, which is going to be extremely hard to beat," said Satterthwaite.

"We had a close run over them in a warm-up game but it was a warm-up game and people were trying different things. I am sure they have reflected on a lot of things and tweaked a few things in their game and I am sure they will come out pretty strong tomorrow. It is going to be a hard game and we know we have to perform extremely well to win," she added.

The 26-year-old said that the teams will have a slight advantage playing later in the day, as they would know what need to do to make the final, if West Indies lose their match against Australia.

"I suppose you can say that it's a slight advantage that we can see the result before we are half way through our game but at the same time, regardless of that, we have got to go out and got to win to give ourselves a chance of making the final and I think that is main thing we will be focused on.

"You can't control other outcomes and things like that so we are focusing on our performance and reflecting on yesterday's game and areas we can improve on, and looking forward to tomorrow's game against England," she said.

The left-handed batter hinted that her side might opt to bowl first if they win the toss.

"Conditions obviously change here but these pitches have been used for a while. Probably starting to tire a little bit at times, (and) that probably pushes to bowl first but I think we will turn up tomorrow and see what the conditions are like and go on from there," she said.

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