Lydia Greenway: England women spurred by Twenty20 agony

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport
England team full of confidence - Greenway

The disappointment of losing the World Twenty20 final will serve as extra motivation for England at the World Cup, according to Lydia Greenway.

England defend their title in India in January and February after losing October's T20 final to Australia.

"We played a lot of good cricket but we couldn't quite get over the line in the final," batter Greenway told BBC Sport.

"For the World Cup to come around so quickly is something we're really looking forward to."

Charlotte Edwards's side begin the defence of the trophy they won in Australia in 2009 against Sri Lanka on 2 February.

If they are to win the title for a fourth time, they will have to play seven matches in 15 days.

"All the girls are putting the effort in and hopefully those are the things that can give us the extra 1-2%," said 27-year-old left-hander Greenway.

"Everyone is really eager to get out to India and get prepared out there."

England are the top seeds in Group A, where they are also joined by hosts India and West Indies.

But Greenway, a veteran of 97 one-day internationals, is aware of the increased threat posed by the emerging nations as the standard of the women's game improves.

"The likes of West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are all gaining the ability to beat the bigger teams," said Greenway.

"We're not going to underestimate anyone we play, that's important, but it's also important to have a lot of belief and confidence in what we do."

Under Edwards's leadership, England have won the Ashes, the World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20.

Greenway believes that the success of the England team can serve as inspiration to youngsters, with Edwards acting as a "brilliant" role model.

"Her batting speaks for itself but it is her captaincy that sets her apart from all the other players in the world," said Greenway. "We're very lucky to have her.

"In any walk of life it's important to have a role model and as long as we're being successful, hopefully young girls who want to play cricket have got those role models."