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Defenders England ready for Lankans

Defending champions England will start as favourites to qualify for the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s cricket World Cup from Group A, which also includes hosts India and qualifiers the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The second and third places will be a hard fought contest with the West Indies a vastly improved side from four years ago and India and Sri Lanka all vying for the Super Six placings, with the sub-continent sides perhaps more confident due to the event being hosted here.

England, winner of the tournament in 1973, 1993 and most recently in 2009, will begin their latest campaign against Sri Lanka on the second day of the tournament here. A day later in the feature match of the group Charlotte Edwards, featuring in her fifth successive World Cup, will lead England against 2009 third-place finishers India before concluding the group stage matches against the West Indies Feb 6.

England’s matches against Sri Lanka and India will be played at the Cricket Club of India (CCI).

On the opening day, the hosts will take on the West Indies at the CCI.

Sri Lanka will meet the West Indies Feb 4 at MIG while Feb 6 Shashikala Siriwardena’s side will face India at CCI.
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