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White Ferns coach Gary Stead is demanding his side impose themselves on England with the aggressive style that got them within sight of their second World Cup women's cricket title.

New Zealand enter their fourth World Cup final on Sunday as underdogs against the form side of recent years, who racked up 17 consecutive wins in completed one-day internationals until yesterday's defeat to Australia which had no bearing on the decider.

But former test opener Stead is confident his side have the ammunition, with power hitters throughout the order and a sharp pace bowling trio, to give England a fright at North Sydney Oval.

"We will be trying to hit the English team really hard. We're not going to take a backward step at all," Stead told NZPA.

"We suit an aggressive style of play and although that may be a bit more high risk I think it's the style that we play best."

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