Women's World Cup: England warned over title defence

England women's cricket coach Mark Lane

ICC Women's World Cup

Venue:
Mumbai and Cuttack, India
Date:
31 January-17 February
Coverage:
Ball-by-ball commentary of all England's games and the final on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website; live text commentary on England's televised games on BBC Sport website & mobiles

Coach Mark Lane has warned England that retaining the Women's World Cup this year will be harder than winning it.

England lifted the trophy with a thrilling four-wicket victory over New Zealand in Sydney four years ago.

Captain Charlotte Edwards will lead the team in India as they attempt to defend their title. Their first match is against Sri Lanka on 2 February.

"Defending a title is harder then winning it in the first place," Lane told the BBC's Test Match Special.

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England women in "a good place" for World Cup defence

"Once you get to number one, you have to stay ahead of the pack and a lot of that comes down to hard work.

"We are there to be shot at but we are not worrying about what other people think. We are concentrating on what we do.

"We know what we are going to do and we will be focused on that."

Edwards is one of eight players in the 15-strong squad who were in the victorious 2009 squad.

England World Cup squad: Tammy Beaumont (wk), Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Charlotte Edwards (capt), Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones (wk), Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wk), Danielle Wyatt.

Full World Cup squad details

Women's World Cup 2013: England's matches

28 Jan Warm-up v South Africa, Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) (03:30 GMT)

29 Jan Warm-up v New Zealand, Mumbai (BKC) (03:30 GMT)

1 Feb Group A match v Sri Lanka, Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) (03:30 GMT)

4 Feb Group A match v India, Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) (03:30 GMT)

5 Feb Group A match v West Indies, Mumbai (BKC) (03:30 GMT)

Full World Cup fixture schedule

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