17/04/2024

Heather Knight was integral for England in the one-off Ashes Test. (Photo: @EnglandCricket/Twitter)

After starring for the tourists in a Test match, England captain Heather Knight is primed to revert back to the white-ball game.

After becoming the second England player to score a century on Australian soil this summer with an inspiring performance in Canberra, Heather Knight is ready to torment the Australian bowling attack ahead of their switch back to white-ball cricket.

Speaking to media on Wednesday before the first One Day International tomorrow, the Rochdale-born batter reflected on the disappointment of failing to claim victory at Manuka Oval, but nonetheless reflected on the positive aspects from a wonderful Test match.

“[It] felt like we were in a great place to win it, and obviously at the end there, it felt a little bit like a loss,” she said.

“The way we went at that chase was awesome, real character from the girls to show that we can do that and that we want to go at the Australians.

“We’ve talked about it a lot before the series, I’m so pleased that the girls went out and did that.”

Not daunted by the unenviable task of having to win all of the 50-over games in the other in order to regain the Ashes, the captain remained confident in the strategies deployed so far in the series despite remaining winless.

“I don’t think it changes too much,” she said

“We’ve got to keep our eye on the first game and try and win that game, it’s as simple as that.

“We recovered pretty well from the Test match, everyone seems to have pulled up well. Everyone is available for selection, which is great news.

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“It’s all about that first game tomorrow, trying to bring the good stuff that we’ve done so far this tour and I guess polish a few things as well, and then trying to put that all-round performance in. If we can win that first game it’s 6-apiece and all to play for.”

After collecting Player of the Match honours after accumulating 216 runs over the two innings in the Test match, Knight was candid regarding her recovery, asserting that she is primed for the first One-Day International in the 2022 Women’s Ashes schedule.

“Not bad actually, probably more mentally draining than anything, [a] little bit tired.

“[I] slept very well on the first night, that’s for sure, I feel pretty good, body feels great.

“I feel really good in my batting, excited to get out there and hopefully contribute nicely to the team, keep scoring runs and leading by example.”

The first of three One-Day International starts tomorrow at 3:10 pm at Manuka Oval in Canberra, live on Channel Seven, Kayo, and Fox Cricket.

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