Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is no stranger to a World Cup final, nor is she a stranger to the ‘favourites’ tag. Under her leadership in the World Cup of 2009, an England outfit which was heavily tipped to lift the title did exactly that by defeating New Zealand in the final, after dropping just one game all tournament. Now, she believes that it is England again who start the favourites against India on Sunday (July 23).
“England would have wanted to play India rather than Australia and with a full house at Lord’s and the home support it will receive, it should push it over the line towards that trophy,” Edwards wrote in her column for ICC. “For England, everything seems to be falling into place to win this World Cup. Lord’s is known worldwide as the Home of Cricket and that sometimes bites England on the rear because other sides raise their game when they play there. England’s record at Lord’s isn’t great, apart in World Cup finals!”
“I think England will win the final, but I’ve been wrong to write off India before in this competition. I hope it’s an exciting game that’s fitting of a Lord’s final and the amazing tournament we’ve witnessed so far,” she stated.
Edwards wrote. “We can be proud of how far women’s cricket has come, the health of the game globally and India’s contribution to this tournament. This World Cup has already done wonders for women’s cricket, but to have a full house at Lord’s for the final makes it one hell of an occasion for the sport. We’ve got England as the host country playing against India who has the biggest reach in terms of the global television audience and following. It’s going to be the most watched game in women’s cricket history and a fantastic day all round.