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October 30, 2012
Mark Lane, England Women's head coach, is confident his side's disappointment at losing the final of the Women's World T20 will be short-lived, with the 50-over Women's World Cup taking place in February and England looking to defend their title.
England cruised through four matches in Sri Lanka before being beaten by the holders, Australia, but will head to India as favourites for a fourth World Cup. Outside of the "lottery" of T20, Lane enthused about his side's ability to prove they are the best team - something he felt 50-over cricket rewards.
"The best side is who can put runs on the board, defend those totals, and get people out. Rather than just deliver a short game plan, to be able to hold it for three hours when you're bowling, three hours when you bat," Lane told the ECB website. "T20 can be a bit of a lottery - I'm not saying that's the reason we lost the final - but the best side will win the 50-over World Cup.
"We're going to talk about scoring hundreds, crafting a spell, concentration in the field, holding your catches. I like 50-over cricket and I know the girls like 50-over cricket because the best players can put more of an impact on the result.
"Rather than getting quick twenties, our key batters can go on and score hundreds and we have scored quite a few hundreds in our last few ODIs. Our best bowlers can get five wickets instead of just two or three."
England won six of eight ODIs in 2012, including a 3-0 series win in New Zealand, during which Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards scored hundreds. They also beat India in a five-match series at home, coming back from 2-0 down. England then hosted T20 series against Pakistan and West Indies in preparation for the World T20.
But having reacclimatised to the British autumn, England can turn their focus to the 50-over World Cup, with no fixtures scheduled before the tournament begins in India in February.
"I've got full confidence in the squad we've selected in preparation for our winter training," Lane added. "We've got 10 weeks of solid preparation ready for the World Cup, so we'll be fine. We'll switch our plans and preparation to that 50-over stuff and make sure we're ready to go."
England Women will also return to the Test arena next year for the first time since January 2011, with the one-off Ashes Test - the sole remaining Test in the Women's calendar. "This has come round quite quickly and we've been ready for this big year, if you like," Lane said. "We've got the Ashes next summer, so it's all come at once, but that's the best way for us. We've got multi-skilled cricketers who can play all three formats of the game, so we're looking forward to that challenge."
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