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I’m really looking forward to the World Cup: Heather Knight

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Heather Knight
Heather Knight. (Photograph by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Photos)

With the expectation and hype in Australia now in full swing, this event feels similar to when England hosted the ICC Girls’s Cricket World Cup in 2017. We’ve been out right here for a couple of weeks now and we’ve seen the World Cup promoted and publicised brilliantly. I’m actually trying ahead to being concerned in a high-profile event once more.

The publicity and noise is just like the 2017 event however the 50-over World Cup is a very long time in the past now. We’re a barely totally different crew, led by a unique coach, and we’ve introduced in some new thrilling younger gamers who’ve completed very well main into this event.

The day after we misplaced the final T20 World Cup last to Australia within the West Indies in 2018, I sat down with our former Head Coach, Mark Robinson, and our then Assistant Coach Ali Maiden, and we ran by means of how we needed to method this event in Australia. When Lisa Keightley took over in January, it was clear her plans aligned with what we had checked out, and it’s been actually thrilling to begin working alongside her.

We’ve been actually particular with the gamers we needed out right here in Australia. We’ve received a variety of totally different match-winners and confirmed world-class gamers, but in addition a couple of youthful ones too, who to this point have taken to worldwide cricket very well. From 1-15, we’ve received a squad that may win video games of cricket.

Australia are the favourites, feels Knight

We’ve performed a variety of T20 cricket during the last yr and spent a variety of time figuring out what our greatest crew for the format is. We positively gained’t be favourites for the event – Australia will clearly put on that tag being at residence alongside the report they’ve had in T20 cricket.

For us, it’s all about taking each recreation at a time – that’s what labored so properly for us in 2017. We’ll be specializing in how we need to play our cricket and reaching these semi-finals. If we make these, then we’ll take it from there.  I believe we learnt an enormous quantity from the current Tri-Collection. We had been put below strain in some actually tight video games, which is ideal preparation going right into a World Cup.

You need to be challenged and examined and we positively had been. We beat Australia and India, however there’s lots we need to enhance on. We solely didn’t qualify for the tri-series last by means of run-rate. Everybody was beating everybody, which is nice to see going right into a World Cup and being examined has allowed us to fine-tune our plans somewhat bit.

In the end, we got here out right here desirous to be prepared for the World Cup and that’s precisely what the Tri-Collection did for us. No matter occurs, Australia 2020 goes to be an incredible competitors for ladies’s cricket. I’m hoping to see as many individuals as attainable come out and assist the competitors – not simply followers of the house crew, however hopefully, a couple of coming to look at us within the totally different venues that we’re enjoying at too.

We’d love to achieve success to assist the expansion of the game again residence, however in the mean time, the one factor on the forefront of our minds is placing in good performances. If we play thrilling, entertaining cricket like now we have completed just lately, then hopefully much more individuals will need to come and watch us.

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