KNIGHT HOPES TO SKIPPER ENGLAND TO SECOND GLOBAL TITLE


PLYMOUTH’S Heather Knight says it would be ‘really special’ if she could skipper England to a second global title.

Knight has already helped England become world 50 over champions and will now lead her team out in the final of ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament.

England will play old rivals Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound in the showpiece final.

England have only once before – in 2009 – become dual world champions and so Knight and her team would love to achieve the feat.

“It would be really special,” she said. “We look back at 2009 and that was a really quality team in the history of women’s cricket. We have spoke about that team and we have talked about emulating them.

“An opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often, and I guess as a team it’s our chance to really cement ourselves in history as a brilliant white ball format team. It would be very special if we were able to achieve that.”

Knight admitted it is brilliant to be in another global final, 15 months after winning the World Cup at Lord’s.

“Hopefully tomorrow’s final is not quite as tight as it was the last one,” said Knight. “But what a brilliant 18 months it has been for the team to make another global final. It’s a real achievement. The girls are massively excited.

“It’s probably not been the smoothest ride to get to the final, but the main thing is we’re here and we’ve got another opportunity to have a shot at winning a global trophy again. What an achievement and how special it would be if we could be double white-ball champions.”

Former Plymstock School pupil Knight knows Australia will offer a tough test to England, who eased into the final with an eight-wicket win over India.

“It’s probably the two best teams in the world historically over the last few years, and we’ve had some amazing games of cricket recently,” said Knight.

“We had the Ashes series we drew out in Australia and a really good T20 series out there for us, where we won 2-1.

“History suggests it’s going to be a really good game, really tight game. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game as the Australians look really strong. They’ve played some really great cricket this tournament.”

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