Fields Happy, But Targets Further Improvement
Australia head into the Super Sixes stage of the 2013 ICC Women's World Cup as the only side to have won all three matches following a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Cuttack.
Opener Meg Lanning scored a century - her fourth in ODI cricket - while Jess Cameron hit 82 as the pair put on 180 for the second wicket to finish Australia's group campaign in style.
"We were pretty happy with today's performance," captain and wicket-keeper Jodie Fields said after the game. "We spoke about improvement in our batting and we obviously had that 180 run partnership between Jess Cameron and Meg Lanning, and I thought they both batted really well. Taking that into the Super Sixes we'll be looking to probably just up our game a little bit more.
With both their batsmen and bowlers all in good form, trying to pick their best side is giving Fields and the management team something of a selection headache.
"It's a good problem, we've got all our bowlers firing at the moment, so the pace and spinners are both doing really well. Reine Chappell has even had a chance to play yet, so we'll wait and see what happens when we get to Mumbai but really happy with how the teams tracking and look forward to the Super Sixes."
Nevertheless, she feels there is still room for improvement ahead of matches against the qualifiers from Group A, among them reigning champions England.
"If we really have a look at our fielding today we probably had a few fumbles, overthrows and things like that which matter in a big match. Leading into the Super Sixes against teams like England, West Indies those teams don't give you room for errors. We just need to be positive and keep going how we are going."
Meanwhile, centurion Lanning said she was happy to find herself on a pitch where she could show what she is capable of.
"It was definitely a better batting wicket and myself and Jess were happy to be batting out there in the afternoon, I think it was a little bit flatter and we were happy to make the most of it," she said.
"Coming off a disappointing first few games it was really important I stood up today and put some runs on the board and I was really happy to do that. To make runs in a World Cup is really important, all the games are important for us to win so hopefully I carry that form into the Super Sixes as well.
The Super Sixes stage gets underway on Friday (9th February).
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