Edwards looking for smoother passage than men
While Paul Collingwood's team squeezed into the Super Eights at the World Twenty20, England women's captain Charlotte Edwards will be looking for a slightly smoother passage to the semi-finals of the women's competition, once they begin the defence of their crown in St Kitts on Wednesday.
England first meet Australia, their traditional foes, before matches against the West Indies and South Africa in Group A.
Taylor got them there with three balls to spare, and will be the prize wicket of every bowler in the tournament.
Charlotte Edwards and her England team-mates begin their defence of the trophy on Wednesday
Our preparation has been first class with a four-day camp at Loughborough before coming out here and we're looking forward to taking on the Aussies again."
The build-up in St Kitts has gone smoothly for England, with warm up wins over Sri Lanka and India, who make up Group B, along with last year's runners up New Zealand, and Pakistan, who are the lowest ranked side in the tournament.
"I think if you lose the captain it's going to be disruptive" commented Lane. "Alex Blackwell is a smart cricketer and she'll lead the side well, but you'd always want your captain and best wicketkeeper in the side."
The 'big four' of England, Australia, India and New Zealand will be expected to make up the semi-final spots but the side emerging as the biggest contender to cause an upset is the West Indies.
Buoyed by their T20 series win over England last November, the team are much more organised and more highly drilled than in previous world tournaments.
Watch out for off-spinning all-rounder Deandra Dottin, who hits a hard ball, and in Jamaican Stafanie Taylor the Windies possess an aggressive top-order batsman and the only West Indian player to feature in the top 10 of the world batting rankings (eighth).
She's also ranked fifth as an all-rounder. Outside of cricket her face is becoming well known across the region as she features in a TV commercial urging viewers to "protect your wicket in cricket and in life" as part of a 'Thinkwise' initiative to combat Aids.
The West Indies have already caused an early stir by beating New Zealand by three wickets in their final warm-up game, and with the local crowds behind them, England will be rightly wary of the threat they pose in the group.
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