Greenway eyeing England glory

Lydia Greenway believes England will flourish in the ICC Women's World Twenty20, despite the pressure of expectation.

England Women are among the favourites to notch a second success in the tournament after winning the inaugural World T20 on home soil in 2009.

The subsequent edition saw them squeezed out at the group stage in West Indies and Ashes rivals Australia then pipped them in the 2012 final in Sri Lanka.

After a lengthy acclimatisation period in Bangladesh and two warm-up victories over Pakistan and New Zealand, they begin their campaign against West Indies at Sylhet Stadium on Monday and Greenway is in confident mood.

"I think England will always go into tournaments like these as one of the favourites, that's just the way it is," she said.

"There's always going to be that sort of pressure put on you with England but that is something these girls thrive on.

"We are excited to get going. Like all the teams out here we'd like to win it and that's our target - as I'm sure it is for everybody else.

"But for now we're looking forward to implementing some of the stuff we've talked about and getting into our first game."


Conditions in Bangladesh are a relatively new experience for most of the England camp, but Greenway believes preparations have been thorough enough to get her side up to speed in time for serious stuff.

"This is the first time we've all been in Bangladesh so the best we can do to relate to it is that it's very similar to India," she said.

"It's a bit slower but the pitches are still nice and the outfields are quick, so you'll probably see plenty of sweeps and reverse sweeps. It's something we're prepared for."

"Countries who are from the sub-continent probably do have an in-built advantage but it's T20 and anything can happen.

"Hopefully we can negate that disadvantage by being out here earlier than all the other teams."