Heather Knight is relishing the opportunity to play cricket in front of a crowd again, as England resume preparations for the defence of their World Cup title in 2022. England were supposed to defend the 50-over title they won at Lord’s in 2017 in New Zealand next month, but the tournament’s postponement has allowed for three one-day internationals and Twenty20s against the White Ferns instead.
“We’re very lucky to be out here and we’re very grateful that it’s been put on and all the effort that’s gone into it,” Knight said. “We’re just so excited to play international cricket again. I think there might be a bit of a crowd in at Hagley Oval, which is a beautiful ground to play cricket at.”
“Just being able to play international cricket in front of people is super-exciting, which is great. It’s hugely important for the women’s game as well to get cricket back on consistently. Hopefully, we can put on a show.” she added.
“I think we haven’t played ODI cricket for a long time and New Zealand are a strong side so I think it’s going to be a really good test for us,” the 30-year-old said. “Our preparation has been a little bit disjointed but as a team, I feel like we are really ready to play ODI cricket now, I feel like the last couple of days training have shown some real intensity and some real skill about where we need to be so that’s been great.