Sarah Glenn says England are in a better position to win their first World Cup since 2017 thanks to “scary” play under new head coach Jon Lewis.
England recorded eight straight wins on a tour of the West Indies in December – three in the day-long internationals and five in the T20 internationals – and beat 246-7 in the previous 12-match win. South Africa in their first official warm-up at the T20 World Cup.
Heather Knight’s team kicks off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on Saturday, with construction from 12:30pm on Sky Sports Cricket before the first ball at 1pm.
England won the World Cup over 50 six years ago but have since lost in finals and semi-finals at the T20 World Cup, before finishing second to Australia in the most recent over 50 tournament last year.
Leg-spinner Glenn said: “I think we had a really good chance.
“We’ve always had the right mindset about what we want to achieve, which is to inspire and entertain people.
“The difference now is that we’re putting it together and it’s all about us, not the opposition.
“In the past, I think we were looking for what we might need to do against certain opponents, certain players, while now we are playing to our strengths. and believe in the aggressive process of playing cricket and putting pressure on the pitcher or hitter.
“Since that mindset, we’re making threats and letting the other side know. It’s been fun and exciting and could be the difference that helps us cross the line.
Our focus is on the World Cup, but you can’t help but look ahead a bit. The IPL opportunity is absolutely amazing. There were interesting conversations about how much we wanted to participate in that competition
“We want to be super aggressive but we’re not playing reckless cricket either, we’re doing it really smart. We can see that clicking as a team and it’s exciting to see it. together there is much more to come .
“As pitchers, we also want to be aggressive – always looking for a way to hit the shuttlecock. Lewy (Jon Lewis) wants us to take the offensive approach no matter what we do. how is it.
“You can see that the men’s team has developed this really aggressive ethos. It was quite fun to watch and quite a few of us thought, ‘we’d love to play that kind of cricket’.
“It’s always been with us and Lewy is really showing it. Part of the process is believing we can do it and he’s making us do it.
“As long as we continue to push that and if England cricket can have the same mindset, men and women together, then I think we can create something really special.”
Watch England’s T20 World Cup campaign live on Sky Sports Cricket. The team’s opening game, against the West Indies, is live from 12:30pm (1pm first game) on Saturday.