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England women gear up for final

ICC Women's World Cup final, North Sydney Oval:
England v New Zealand
Date: Sunday, 22 March Start time: 2300 GMT (21 March)
Coverage: Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online at (UK only). Live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles. Also live on Sky Sports.

The England team celebrate
England had not been beaten for 17 games prior to the Australia match

England captain Charlotte Edwards says her players will not be complacent going into Sunday's ICC Women's World Cup final in Sydney.

England take on New Zealand, who they have already beaten in the tournament (match starts 2300 GMT, Saturday).

"They are a good side and we won't underestimate them," insisted Edwards. "We go into the final on par."

England have twice before lifted the World Cup, both times on home soil, in 1973 and again in 1993.

And Edwards is under no illusion as to the importance of the occasion for her and the team.

"Sunday is going to be the biggest day of our lives and we cannot wait for it," she said. "It's going to be a huge game for us and one that we are determined to win."

Edwards also revealed that the side had been boosted by messages of support from counterpart Andrew Strauss.

"Andrew Strauss and (England Lions captain) Rob Key have been in touch. We've had some really nice messages from some of them and it's been a real lift," she said.

England all-rounder Ebony Rainford-Brent

She also admitted that the reception the side have received from the crowds in Australia has helped them on their run to the final.

"The reception from the Australians has been great since we arrived and I think they'll be supporting us on Sunday.

"We seem to have gone down well with the crowds and the public - they seem to have respect for us which is great."

England secured their place in the final with a 146-run victory over West Indies on Tuesday, although they were beaten by Australia - their first defeat in 17 matches - in their final group game.


New Zealand booked their berth on Thursday following a win over Pakistan by 223 runs.

In the Super Six stage of the tournament England beat New Zealand by 31 runs, thanks largely to Edwards herself who scored 57 and took 4-37.

Victory in the final would cap a fantastic year for the side.

They have recorded an Ashes victory over Australia and one-day series victories over New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and India in the last 12 months.

Eight of the England squad in Sydney have World Cup experience having played in the last tournament in 2005, where the side were beaten in the semi-finals by Australia.

England (from): Edwards (capt), Atkins, Brunt, Colvin, Greenway, Guha, Gunn, Griffiths, Marsh, Morgan, Rainford-Brent, Shaw, Shrubsole, S Taylor (wk), C Taylor.

New Zealand (from): Tiffen (capt), Mason, Bates, Browne, Burrows, Devine, Doolan, McGlashan, McNeill, Martin, Priest, Pulford, Satterthwaite, Tsukigawa.

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