Sarah Glenn admitted she would have conflicting emotions if England walked away from the Commonwealth Games with a bronze or silver medal.
After topping their group with a 100 per cent successful file, England want solely beat semi-final opponents India to ensure silver and go into the gold-medal match towards Australia or New Zealand.
Defeat towards India would include the comfort of vying for bronze towards the losers of the opposite semi, however cricketers are typically unaccustomed to celebrating only a place on the rostrum.
While the importance of doing so at Birmingham 2022 wouldn’t be misplaced on Glenn or England, with the game again within the Games after a 24-year absence, they are going to be going all out to be topped winners.
“It would feel a bit weird getting silver or bronze but if that actually happened, with it being a home Commonwealth Games, it would still feel very special,” Glenn instructed the PA information company.
“We would be gutted but I think at the end of us probably having a little cry if we lost, we’d actually be really proud of where we’ve got to as a team.
“In cricket there’s still some recognition if you came second or whatever but we really, really want the gold because it would mean so much more.
“I think we just want to play our cricket in such a positive light, if we’ve done all we can then there’s nothing else we can do. But fingers crossed it’s good enough for a gold medal.”
England are one win away from guaranteeing themselves a Commonwealth Games medal (Zac Goodwin/PA)
England have hardly ever been stretched to date and completed prime of their group with a seven-wicket trouncing of New Zealand, chasing down a meagre 72 in 11.4 overs, however Glenn thinks India characterize a giant risk.
“I’ve got a feeling it will go down to the wire a little bit which is what all semi-finals are about,” mentioned the 22-year-old, who has bowled her four-over allocation in all three of England’s group video games.
Had the leg-spinner taken a unique profession path, she may need discovered herself a few miles down the highway from Edgbaston on the University of Birmingham, the place England’s hockey aspect are in motion.
Once a budding participant at junior worldwide stage, Glenn as an alternative favoured cricket however she retains her fondness for hockey, which she hopes to pursue within the years to return.
“I don’t play it any more but I’m definitely looking to take it up after cricket,” added Glenn. “I still have lifelong friends from hockey and some of the England hockey girls who are playing in the Commonwealths now, I grew up playing with.
“I caught up with them at the opening ceremony which was really nice. Bit of a small world.”