We have to be on top of our game to win important games ”: Captain Heather Knight gives warning when England starts with World T20 bid
- England is in second place in three of the last four tournaments
- The side of Knight starts bidding for the T20 World Cup glory of women against South Africa
- They suffered a 10-wicket hammering through Sri Lanka in their last warm-up game
England started their bid for glory during the T20 Women’s World Cup against South Africa, with Captain Heather Knight claiming the tournament is wide open.
England last won the World T20 in 2009 and is in second place in three of the last four tournaments.
But a 10-wicket hammering through Sri Lanka in their last warm-up game and India’s shock triumph over the Aussies in the tournament opener on Friday has convinced Knight that England will have to produce some excellent cricket if they are going to rule the world.
England has a good record against South Africa, after having won 15 of the 18 T20 games
“We watched it from a distance,” said Knight from the game Australia v India. “I think it shows that this tournament is going to be a very good one.
‘Everyone can beat anyone. We saw in our warming-up loss for Sri Lanka that if you don’t fully support it, you can find out.
“It was a small reminder for us that we really have to go on top of our game to win those important games.”
That point was reflected by the new head coach Lisa Keightley. She said: “With this World Cup, more than four teams are competing for the semi-final. If you have a bad day, you will certainly lose. It’s gonna be a killer. “
England has a good record against South Africa, after having won 15 of the 18 T20 games. South Africa, however, has a strong bat line-up, while Shabnim Ismail is one of the fastest bowlers in the women’s cricket. The West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand are the others in the group, with the top two qualifying for the semi-final.
Opener Danni Wyatt believes that the experience with Australian conditions will be useful to England. “A lot of us have been playing in Perth and we have had good experiences playing at the WACA, so that will come in handy,” she said. “It’s clear that our coach has been in charge of Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash for the past four years, so she also has great experience with the WACA.
“Tammy Beaumont and I both managed to score a few points in the Big Bash at the WACA, which is great!”
West Indies yesterday won a seven-wicket win over Thailand in their first group game. Stefanie Taylor played by taking three for 13 and not touching after the Thais were limited to 78-9.