Female coach Lisa Keightley in England says she is ‘the final plant’ as a squadron to become double world champions at the Twenty20 World Cup
- England is in second place in the world for the Twenty20 World Cup opener
- Lisa Keightley will be under pressure to repeat 50-over World Cup success
- Keightley says that England is “excited” after enjoying the perfect preparation
England started their attempt on Saturday to become a double ladies world champion with new coach Lisa Keightley who stated that they are ‘planning the final’.
South Africa is the opposition to the WACA in Perth for England’s opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup for Women, where they will try to prove that they are the matches of Australia’s favorites and winners of India’s opening day.
It was after their extensive Ashes defeat last summer that England fired Mark Robinson – the coach who led them to the 50-over World Cup in 2017 – and replaced him with former Australian international Keightley. Now Keightley will be under direct pressure to prove that she can inspire the number 2 in England.
The female coach Lisa Keightley of England says that she is ‘excited’ for the Twenty20 World Cup
England is in second place in the world prior to their opening game against South Africa
Keightley says that England is in a confident mood after enjoying the “perfect” preparation
There was a twist at the start of the tournament yesterday when the hosts were upset in Sydney. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took four for 19 when India defeated Australia, which had won 26 of their previous 31 Twenty20s with 17 points.
England, which won the inaugural women’s World T20 in 2009, is in the weaker of the two groups – including surprise qualifications Thailand – and only has to play the big weapons in the later stages, before the final in the MCG in March 8.
“We’re really excited about this,” said Anya Shrubsole, the 50-year-old star in England
World Cup Final triumph over India at the Lord.
“We have been in Australia for a while and have had good preparation, but now it is about the actual tournament.”
That preparation includes victories over Australia and India in a tri-series, in which England still did not reach the final. They were dealt a blow when Sri Lanka hit them with 10 wickets in their last warm-up match.
“South Africa offers a great test, but we feel we are in a good place,” Shrubsole added. “It’s not about playing our best cricket in the first game. It’s about winning and growing in the tournament. “