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Aussie women face cricket World Cup battle
Adrian Warren
13:37 AEST Thu Feb 7 2013

Australia face the challenge of overcoming a four-match losing streak against defending champions England in their first women's World Cup cricket Super Sixes match in Mumbai on Friday.

The Southern Stars enter the second phase of the competition in India on top of the standings with four points, after being the only team to win all three of their group games.

They will now play, England, Sri Lanka and West Indies, the three qualifiers from the other group.

"We'll look to probably just up our game a little bit more," said Australian captain Jodie Fields.

"Heading into the Super Sixes against teams like England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, those guys don't give you any room for error, so we'll just need to be positive and keep going how we're going,"

The last time Australia played England in 2012, the world champions won four matches on home soil and a fifth was abandoned.

England finished top of the other World Cup group, but were upset by tournament surprise packets Sri Lanka, who also defeated host nation India in eliminating them from the Super Sixes.

"It (playing England) is going to be a good test for us, I'm sure the team will overcome that," batter Jess Cameron told AAP.

"If we can put a batting and bowling performance together like we did (against New Zealand) it will take us a long way in the tournament."

Australia has never lost an ODI to either Sri Lanka or West Indies, beating the former twice and the latter three times.

The top two teams advance to the final in Mumbai on February 17.

Fields was pleased her batters found some touch in the final group game against New Zealand after patchy performances in their first two matches against Pakistan and South Africa.

She attributed the improvement to some technical adjustments.

Exciting young opener Meg Lanning smashed 112 off 104 balls and Cameron 82 off 87.

"We haven't played our best at all in the first two games batting-wise so it was important that we got some form and myself and Jess Cameron did that," Lanning said.

"It was really a confidence booster heading into the Super Sixes matches.

"The ball is not going to come through as much (as in Australia), the first couple of games I struggled with that. I made that a focus (against New Zealand)."

Australia's batting hasn't always clicked in the tournament to date but Fields is happy with her bowling attack.

"We've got all our bowlers firing at the moment. Both our pace bowlers and spinners are tracking well," Fields said.


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