It is just over a week until the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and England’s preparations for the tournament in Australia are in full swing.
England may have failed to qualify for the final of their T20 tri-series with Australia and India but it has provided them with a vital opportunity to get warmed up ahead of the upcoming tournament.
Victory will undoubtedly have been what new coach Lisa Keightley was eyeing up before in her first series in charge.
That may not have come but there were certainly some positives to take as we move toward the start of the World Cup later this month.
Heather Knight’s side slipped to a narrow defeat in the series opener against India–setting their opposition 148 to win and coming to within three balls of victory.
Two days later, England pulled off an impressive win against the Aussies–with Knight scoring the key runs in a Super Over.
They carried the momentum from that win with them to Melbourne and beat India at the second time of asking, with Nat Sciver’s 50 proving key.
A place in the final was on the line in the final match of the series against Australia but Keightley’s side fell 16 runs short chasing 133.
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What have we learnt?
We knew Australia were good but what the recent series has confirmed is that England can beat them.
As impressive as they are, that result will surely mean that Knight’s side will not fear drawing them in the tournament.
20-year-old Sarah Glenn was excellent with the ball, taking five wickets at an average of 14.40, and looks like she will be an excellent weapon for England during the World Cup.
Another positive for Keightley’s side is the way they fielded during the series. England were superb in the field and will head into the tournament very confident in that area of their game.
Where does this leave us?
England are in a strong position heading into the tournament later this month and can feel confident of their chances.
What the tri-series has shown Keightley’s side more than anything is that on their day, they’re capable of beating anyone.
England’s first game is against South Africa in Perth in 10 days’ time.
The current 50-over World Cup champions, Knight’s side are chasing a tournament triumph that would stamp their authority on the limited-overs game.
Bring it on!