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England Women need to get fitter - Mark Robinson

England Women's coach Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson was appointed the coach of England's women team in November 2015
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England Women’s team coach Mark Robinson blamed the lack of fitness as a reason why the team lost to Australia by five runs in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 in India.

In the first semi-final in Delhi, Australia were put into bat first and posted a target of 133 runs and despite a solid start, England fell short of a victory by six runs.

Until the halfway mark, England were pretty much neck and neck with where Australia were at that particular stage, but they were unable to press on in the second half to score a victory.

Robinson feels that England missed out taking tight singles and doubles in the field which is why he feels the team ended up on the losing side.

“We lost by five runs,” said Robinson.

“There's nothing between these two teams.

“But we've got to get fitter.

“We're not fit enough. They out-ran us.”

“Athleticism is something you are given by God, but aerobic fitness is something we've got to get better.

“We missed out on twos, and we've lost by one boundary.

“We've got to change our mindset a bit, and toughen up a bit.”

Australia managed to strike 15 boundaries in their innings but England only managed six fours and three sixes while scoring only 14 runs between overs 14 and 17.

The England coach went on to add that due to the slow bowlers and big boundaries, both teams failed to finish their innings with a flourish.

“Both teams got to similar stages.

“Both teams struggled to get boundaries in the end.

“It was all about the first 10 overs.

“The batting will get all the attention but, with big boundaries, slowish bowlers and no one in front of the wicket, it's hard to find the boundaries.”

Nevertheless, Robinson went on to add that there is lot of potential in the England side and it was necessary to instil belief in them while pushing them harder to achieve better results.

“There's a lot of potential in the group.

“A lot of girls with a lot to offer, we've got to give them belief and stick with the right players as well and accept there will be some bumps.

“But we've got to push them and extend them as well, because there's a lot more in the tank.”

The defeat against Australia in the semi-final was the first in the tournament for England, who previously won all their four games in Group B and finished first in the points table.

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