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England women's YCs are ready to take the biggest stage as they prepare for their ICC World T20 semi-final against New Zealand.
The crunch fixture will be the pre-curser for the men's semi-final between hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Colombo's RPS stadium, and the squad are relishing the prospect of playing in front of a full house.
Danni Wyatt, one of England's heroes with the bat in the final group match against Australia, tweeted: "So Pakistan V Sri Lanka after we play NZ on Thursday! Weooow! Should be a good crowd in! Can't wait!"
Her teammate and fellow MCC Young Cricketer Susie Rowe added: "Wowee so Eng women play NZ right before the big SL v Pak semi on thurs...hope you've got some earplugs girls...gonna be loud in there!"
England have a 100% record heading into the semi-final against the opponents they beat to win the 2009 competition at Lord's.
They passed their sternest test by beating holders Australia in their final group match, registering a comfortable 7-wicket win with 11 balls remaining in Galle.
Sarah Taylor, another YC, and Wyatt put on a scintillating partnership of 63 in 33 balls to guide their team home from a potentially tricky situation in a chase of 145.
Taylor played the innings of the competition so far, the number one ranked T20 batsman finishing unbeaten on 65 to add to her growing reputation as one of the finest players in the world.
The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman reveled how her captain Charlotte Edwards had helped her get through a tough early spell to lead the assault on the Australian target.
Speaking to ECB.co.uk after the win, Taylor said: "Lottie helped me a lot during that innings.
"She said, 'You are our rock. If you stay in then we will win the match'.
"That meant a lot to me. It was a nice thing for her to say. It made me want to see it through to the end.
"In the past I might have got to 50 and got out but after Lottie said that I knew I had to see us home."
Australia will meet the West Indies in the second semi-final, to be played before the West Indies v Australia men's fixture.