“Pakistan started in a similar way in the Champions Trophy and ended up doing pretty well, Knight said. “The girls have taken the positives and looked ahead to Tuesday. We competed against India but there are a few areas where we want to get better. The India defeat won’t change the way we approach the game on Tuesday. It keeps us honest but it’s about how we react now.”
Middle-order batter Fran Wilson’s 81 kept England optimistic in their attempt to achieve their highest ever run-chase in the opener but the hosts’ immediate problems lie with the ball. After talk of swing and seam dominated pre-tournament chatter, it was England’s slower bowlers that were able to exert the most control on a free-flowing Indian batting line-up led by Smriti Mandhana. New-ball bowlers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole managed only 13 overs between them, costing the side 87 runs. Knight however, knows her teammates are too experienced to be adversely affected by one bad day in the office.
“The mood in the squad isn’t too bad because we fought really hard to get back in the game against India. In general we are quite an emotional team but it’s important that we keep our heads up. It’s not the ideal start or how we wanted to do it but there’s a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament and hopefully we can build momentum towards the back end of the competition,” Knight said.
England’s bid to get their World Cup campaign back on track takes them to Grace Road in Leicester. On Tuesday (June 27), they’ll take on Sana Mir’s Pakistan, who were impressive in a tough defeat to South Africa in their opener.