England eyes revenge against Indian eves

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Smarting from Saturday's Twenty20 defeat, England vice captain Laura Newton warned Mithali Raj-led Indian women team that the hosts would like to settle the score in the first Test which gets underway at the Grace Road here today.

An admirer of Mithali and her deputy and pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami, Newton said, ''Theyre a strong side in One-dayers and Test cricket. They have a good captain in Mithali Raj, who goes with her gut instincts and sets more attacking fields.

''It might mean that we will have more chance to score runs because there are more gaps in the field,'' Newton said.

''They have Jhulan Goswami, who is a prolific bowler, but their spinners are not as experienced as in previous years, so maybe that is one area where we will try and dominate. In the past weve probably gone about things too slowly, but hopefully we can score at three an over this time.

''You have to graft for your wickets more in womens cricket than in mens, because we havent got the speed or power to blast teams out. But the pitch looks like it will have something in it for the batters and bowlers, which should make for a good contest,'' she said.

Newton insisted the defeat in the Twenty20 international would have little bearing on the Test and ODI matches.

''It was not the start we wanted. But past history shows that we have done well after the losing the Twenty20. In 2004 we got beat by New Zealand in the Twenty20, but then we went on to win the One-day series.

''And last year against Australia, we lost the Twenty20 again at the start of the summer but won the Ashes,'' she argued.

With a number of new faces in the ranks, Newton admitted it might take time for the side to settle.

''Its a new-look team. If you look back four years there are probably only four of us still left from the team that was playing then. It might not happen straightaway but these youngsters are good. Sarah Taylor came in and batted superbly on Saturday - she didnt seem to be fazed at all.

''We want the team to develop but we want results as well,'' she told the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

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