Heather Knight wants to repeat Lord’s feat in the Caribbean

Women's Cricket

England captain Heather Knight is hoping to repeat the success at Lord’s last year, when her team lifted the ICC Women’s World Cup beating India in a thriller in front of a packed house.

“I know the West Indies will be keen to put on a great show and hopefully we can play some entertaining cricket that the fans enjoy,” Knight shared in a first-person article for the ICC. “It would be nice if we could repeat what happened at Lord’s last summer as well.”

“It would be nice if we could repeat what happened at Lord’s last summer”
“It would be nice if we could repeat what happened at Lord’s last summer”

Knight still remembers the memorable 23 July match which England won by nine runs and notes how the women’s game has progressed over the past few years.

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“The ICC Women’s World Cup – that we were lucky enough to host last summer – was an amazing advert for the women’s game and further proof that more and more people are flocking to our sport.

“We are constantly progressing, and it makes me incredibly excited to think of where we’ll be in two years, four years and so on.”

Knight looks forward to seeing if Women’s cricket can stand on its own feet in a manner of speaking with the first standalone Women’s World T20.

She wrote: “Focusing on the here and now, we’re heading to the West Indies for the first standalone ICC Women’s World T20. We’ve been lucky enough to dovetail with the men’s game for some time – and there are pros and cons to both models – but I also like the idea that we’re standing on our two feet and putting the women’s game front and centre.”

The England skipper hopes the event will inspire a new generation of Women’s cricket who will in turn inspire others.

“One of the most exciting things about that tournament for me was watching young kids’ reactions to us. When I was first playing the game, I generally looked up to men’s players and I know that was also the case for a lot of my teammates, and opponents. They were often the only cricketers you could see,” she added.

“Now though a young girl watching the ICC Women’s World T20 for the first time can look up to Katherine Brunt, Meg Lanning, Smriti Mandhana, Stafanie Taylor or whoever. There are now any number of role-models and that’s truly exciting.”