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Perry believes bowling attack will be key to T20 success

SEAMER Ellyse Perry says big-game experience and a well-rounded bowling attack will give Australia a fighting chance against England in tonight's Women's World Twenty20 final in Colombo.

Australia, which is defending champion, is regarded as the underdog in the final after suffering a seven-wicket mauling from England in the group stage of the tournament on October 1 in Galle.

Australia scored a 28-run win over the West Indies in Friday night's semi-final, as Jodie Fields's side hit 7-115 then bowled the Windies out for 87.

But Perry, who was named player of the match after bowling big guns Stafanie Taylor (three) and Deandra Dottin (six), says taking on England's Sarah Taylor will be a big challenge.

Taylor hit an unbeaten 65 in England's group-stage win over Australia.

''Looking at our bowling attack everyone is capable of picking up wickets,'' says Perry, a soccer international who's aiming to add a second World Twenty20 title.


''Sarah Taylor is an exceptional player and I think we all found it quite difficult to bowl to her. Looking at that game, in the field and with the ball, we didn't do things as well as we would've liked to and they really got away from us in an eight-over patch there.

''It's going to be a huge challenge on Sunday but the way we bowled [against West Indies] gives us a lot of confidence going into that match.''

Fields was asked how she felt about her side being the underdog.

''Everyone has been talking about how England are favourites,'' Fields said.

''But we're defending champions going into the final and we want to win it.

Australian pace bowler Julie Hunter helped trigger the Windies' lower-order collapse and claimed 5-22, the best figures by an Australia player in a women's Twenty20 international.


Women's World T20 final: Australia v England, at Colombo, 8pm.

TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2