England all-rounder harks on the fact that her team is undefeated in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012
England takes on Australia, the defending champion, in the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 with the tag of favourites hanging above its head. The tag brings with it some pressure, but Danielle Wyatt, England all-rounder, is feeling confident.
“Very excited about tomorrow. I was up at 6 o'clock again this morning. Excited, and looking forward to tomorrow's game against the Aussies,” said Wyatt. “We have gone one up against them already. We beat them down in Galle in that amazing run chase, which is always on my head now. Yeah, we are confident going into tomorrow's final. Can't wait!”
Wyatt believes it is imperative England sticks to the basics, which has helped it put together an unbeaten run so far in the tournament. “Well, we are the only team that has been undefeated in this tournament,” she said. “So that, on its own, is a great achievement, so we just have to keep going and keep doing the basics that we have done all the way throughout this tournament. Just perform on the day really and keep calm.”
Wyatt hasn’t been in the best form with the bat, but England has been aided well by good starts, thanks to Charlotte Edwards, the captain, and Laura Marsh. “Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh have got us off to great starts in most of the games and we have just kept the intent up throughout our batting innings really,” said Wyatt. “We bat all the way down to number 11 which is really good. Yeah we try and just go out there...hit boundaries, pick up ones every ball. And then with the ball everyone's bowled really well throughout the tournament, picked up wickets at regular intervals. And the fielding's been top drawer.”
In the group stages, England defeated Australia by seven wickets, chasing a 145-run target in just over 18 overs. As impressive as the win was, Wyatt was dismissive when asked if the win gave them an advantage. “No, definitely not. It’s a new game,” she said.
It isn’t just Chris Gayle doing the Gangnam, with Wyatt doing her own version of the now-popular dance. When asked of it, she laughed, saying, “Yeah, wasn’t very good the other day, hopefully it will come off better tomorrow.”