England’s World Cup-winning captain Heather Knight praised her side’s fighting spirit after they pipped India by nine runs in a gripping final at Lord’s on Sunday (July 24). Seamer Anya Shrubsole engineered a late Indian collapse to finish with six for 46 – the best figures in a women’s World Cup final – leaving Knight to admit that they handled the pressure better, like they had done many times in this tournament.
“Every game of cricket you have you try and win and you’re fighting for the trophy, fighting for your team mates, fighting for your country and we knew that if we kept it (required rate) around five, six, cricket is a funny game and pressure is a funny thing,” Knight said.”
“Credit to all the bowlers they’ve all been outstanding but Alex Hartley has been a real sort of gem this tournament, she loves to get the superstars out by the looks of it, she bowls better to the best players in the world than she seems to do to everyone else, although she probably hasn’t got as many wickets as some of the other spinners in the other teams. The wickets she’s got for us have been key wickets in massive games and she’s been outstanding this trip,” Knight added.
“As a team we have always said we are not finished up, we feel like we’ve got a lot of growth with this group of girls and whether this World Cup was too soon but turns out it isn’t but we’ve got a long way to go as a team, this isn’t the end of a journey. Obviously we’ve got a massive winter ahead with the Ashes, it’s going to be a great contest, you saw in that contest at Bristol the sort of contest that our two teams can have. I’m getting excited already thinking about the Ashes down under, hopefully they get the pay dispute sorted,” concluded Knight.