Head coach Trevor Bayliss believes England’s nail-biting run to the World Twenty20 semi-finals has toughened them up for a victory push.
New Zealand are almost certainly waiting for England having won four from four in Group Two, crushing Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh along the way.
Spurred on by the spin trio of Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum, the Black Claps have sailed through without a blemish.
Bayliss’ side have not had it so easy – losing their opener against the West Indies, needing a tournament record run-chase to beat South Africa and recovering from a major wobble against Afghanistan.
Then came their virtual quarter-final against Sri Lanka on Saturday, a see-saw encounter that was finally settled in England’s favour by some outstanding death bowling by Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes.
Watching from the sidelines cannot have been easy but Bayliss hopes his players will be battle-hardened by events so far in India.
“We’ve been under pressure in a couple of the wins we’ve had. It does a fair bit for us I think,” he said. “Once you’ve been there and been able to get through tight games it gives you the belief that you are good enough to do it.”