Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: Heather Knight’s England can not afford one other gradual begin, face West Indies in marketing campaign opener

England captain Heather Knight is aware of her facet should hit the bottom operating after they tackle West Indies of their first recreation of the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup.

The 2009 champions misplaced the opening match of the earlier version of this match in 2020 earlier than recovering to achieve the semi-finals.

They additionally suffered three defeats in the beginning of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 earlier than bouncing again to achieve the ultimate.

Knight can be main her facet for a 3rd time in T20 World Cups and their marketing campaign begins on Saturday in Paarl.

“With T20 World Cups, we have learned previously, you don’t have enough time to make any slip-ups,” she stated.

“And obviously, we didn’t start particularly fast in that last World Cup in Australia, so it’s been a key focus for us all the time any series that we start.

“We want to really start fast, hit the ground running and almost go over the top in how we want to do things. 

“We’ve talked about having a clear plan about how we want to do things, and being really brave with it.”

England beforehand confronted the West Indies in a five-match sequence final December, with Knight’s facet strolling to a clear sweep.

The West Indies will be led by Hayley Matthews (right), the hero of the 2016 final when the Maroon Warriors won their only title.

The West Indies can be led by Hayley Matthews (proper), the hero of the 2016 last when the Maroon Warriors gained their solely title.
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However, the Windies will be capable to name on extra of their skilled gamers and Knight is aware of they are going to be a power to be reckoned with.

She added: “It’s really important that we don’t think too much about that five-match series, I think this is quite a tough game for us. 

“We’ve had a lot of success against them recently so we have to see it as a completely fresh game.

“The main thing that we’re going to do is do things how we want to do them. We’ll obviously have slightly different plans for different players, but I think our mentality wants to be about doing what we do best and then shifting slightly if we need to.”

The West Indies can be led by Hayley Matthews, the hero of the 2016 last when the Maroon Warriors gained their solely title.

Matthews took over from long-serving skipper Stafanie Taylor final 12 months and has seemed to convey the group ahead in her personal manner.

The all-rounder stated: “I think over the last couple of months it has been quite challenging, but with those challenges, I was able to learn a lot myself. 

“I think with any team, we’ve tried to help shift the culture a little bit, to really try to take on a bit more professionalism about our game.”

Taylor is dealing with a race in opposition to time to be match, however Matthews is ready to name on skilled gamers like Chinelle Henry and Britney Cooper.

“It’s going to be really good for us that we can get out there and have a strong group of players to pick from. 

“The prospect of Staf, hopefully, coming back in that first game tomorrow is going to be something really good to see. 

“We’ve had a couple of injuries over the last couple of weeks, but we know that we can go there, hopefully with a much stronger side and put on a good performance.”

Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com

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