Knight aiming for 3-0 series win over Pakistan
CAPTAIN Heather Knight says England won’t lack for motivation against Pakistan in tomorrow’s third Royal London ODI at Taunton even though they are 2-0 up in the three match series.
Devon youth graduate Knight was the star of the win at Leicester in the first round with a half-century and five-wickets in a seven-wicket win.
No England woman had done that before in an ODI – and that wasn’t the only record to go.
The series moved on to Worcester on Wednesday were Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield both scored centuries in a 212-run win.
England’t total of 378 for five in 50 overs was a new record for the team, busting the 1997 previous best of 376 for four, also against Pakistan.
The previous best 50-over score in all cricket at New Road was also passed - Worcestershire's 365-7 against Scotland in the Friends Provident Trophy in 2007.
Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole, Knight’s vice-captain, took four wickets to speed Pakistan on their way to defeat.
The series may be in the bag, but Knight says there is still plenty to play for.
“We want the win and the two ICC points that go with it,” said Knight.
“The World Cup is in England next year and we need the points to be sure of qualifying.”
The top four in the ICC World Championship automatically qualify for the 2017 World Cup in England. Two wins in a week have lifted England to third spot in table behind Australia and the West Indies.
Knight’s tenure as England captain – she took over from long-serving Charlotte Edwards earlier this month – couldn’t have got off to a better start with back-to-back wins.
The new England captain, who started her cricket career at Plymstock, said her part was almost incidental.
“There has been a lot of change in the team and the girls wanted to go out there and let their cricket do the talking,” said Knight, who was appointed by new coach Mark Robinson.
“The girls have put in great performances and winning games in an exciting fashion.”
England have named the same 15 for Monday’s game at the Cooper Associates County Ground, and are unlikely to make too many changes to a winning line-up.
Part of Knight’s job as captain is dealing with the players who don’t make it on to the pitch.
“It is tough telling someone they have been left out when they are all good players,” said Knight.
“Danielle Hazell is one of the players left out so far - and she is England’s all-time leading wicket taker in T20 cricket.
“When you are leaving out players of that quality it tells you just how much strength in depth there is in the squad.”
Following the conclusion of the Royal London ODI series, the two teams will play a three-match NatWest International Twenty20 (IT20) series, with the action getting under way on Sunday, July 3 at the Brightside Ground, Bristol.
England (squad): Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm), Tammy Beaumont (Surrey Stars), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire Diamonds), Kate Cross (Lancashire Thunder), Georgia Elwiss (Loughborough Lightning), Jenny Gunn (Yorkshire Diamonds), Alexandra Hartley (Surrey Stars), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire Diamonds), Amy Jones (Loughborough Lightning), Laura Marsh (Surrey Stars), Natalie Sciver (Surrey Stars), Fran Wilson (Western Storm), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire Diamonds), Danielle Wyatt (Lancashire Thunder).