Sarah Glenn admitted she would have conflicted feelings if England walked away from the Commonwealth Games with a bronze or silver medal.
After leading their group with a 100% win record, England need only beat semi-final opponents India to take silver and advance to the gold medal match against Australia or New Zealand.
A loss to India would come with the consolation of battling the losers of the other semi-final for bronze, but cricketers are generally not used to celebrating just a spot on the podium.
Whilst the meaning this holds at Birmingham 2022 would not be lost on Glenn or England, with the sport back at the Games after a 24-year absence, they will be looking to be crowned victors.
“It would feel a bit strange to get a silver or a bronze, but if that actually happened it would still feel very special at home Commonwealth games,” Glenn told the PA news agency.
“We would be disappointed but I think in the end if we probably cried a little bit when we lost we would be really proud of where we are as a team.
“In cricket there is still some recognition when you come second or whatever, but we really, really want gold because it would mean so much more.
“I think we just want to play our cricket in such a positive light, when we’ve done everything we can then there’s nothing else we can do. But keep your fingers crossed, it’s enough for a gold medal.”
England have rarely been so overwhelmed, ending their group with a seven-wicket win over New Zealand at the top of their group and chasing a meager 72 in 11.4 overs, but Glenn believes India pose a major threat.
“I have a feeling it’s going to get a little bit to the point, which is what all the semi-finals are about,” said the 22-year-old, who has scored her foursomes in all three English group games.
Had the leg spinner chosen a different career path, she might have ended up a few miles from Edgbaston at the University of Birmingham, where England’s ice hockey team plays.
Once an aspiring player at international junior level, Glenn preferred cricket instead, but retains her love of hockey, which she hopes to pursue for years to come.
“I don’t play it anymore but I definitely want to start playing it after cricket,” added Glenn. “I still have lifelong hockey friends and some of the England hockey girls who now play in the Commonwealths I grew up with.
“I met her at the opening ceremony, which was really nice. A small world.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/england-glenn-india-england-cricket-australia-b2139080.html Silver or bronze at the Commonwealth Games would feel “a little weird,” reveals Sarah Glenn