Fields has T20 title in her sights
AUSTRALIA captain Jodie Fields believes her team can handle the pressure of being defending champions when the ICC Women's World T20 hits off in Sri Lanka this week.
The former Toowoomba wicketkeeper will return to the helm after missing the 2010 tournament with a serious hamstring injury.
Fields expected the other teams to lift against the Aussies but she said they were just focused on their own game.
"We've been talking about ... being ruthless and consistent in everything we do," she said.
"We're just going to have to focus on our game and come out and play well."
Few members of the Australian squad have experienced the humid subcontinent conditions.
But Fields believed the Southern Stars were well prepared after a 12-day training camp in Sri Lanka last month.
"That 12 days was invaluable to our group," she said.
"Just to be able to come over and train in the hot, humid conditions and get used to eating the food, drinking the water.
"I know that we've come back over here and everyone feels pretty familiar with the surroundings."
Australia will play its first match of the tournament against India tomorrow evening (AEST).
The spin-friendly wickets will no doubt suit India and Fields said the Aussie batters had been working hard to overcome that.
"They (India) rely a lot on their spinners so I know that's a big part of their game," she said.
"But I know a lot of our batters have been practising hard. Sweeps, hitting over the top and just attacking spinners in general."