DISAPPOINTMENT FOR KNIGHT AND ENGLAND


PLYMOUTH’S Heather Knight was left disappointed after her England team were well beaten by Australia in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Australia claimed an eight-wicket win to lift the title for a fourth time.

England, skippered by Knight, were looking to become double world champions, having won the 50-overs title in 2017. However, they were bowled out for just 105 in Antigua.

It was a target Australia were able to chase down with 29 balls remaining.

Knight, though, was proud of her team for reaching the final and hopes the side will learn from the experience.

“We had a lot of inexperience out there,” said Knight. “Hopefully this will make it better for them in the future.”

She added: “I am really proud of the girls for making another world final, but obviously Australia were a better team than us today. Congratulations to them.

“We came in with a lot of inexperience and some of the girls have stepped up brilliantly. This will be a great experience for them.

“It’s quite raw at the moment. We’ll take time to reflect and work out where we go forward as a team. We have a massive year next year with an Ashes series to look forward to. We’ll go back and access and move on.”

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