England captain Heather Knight enjoys the opportunity to make history in the Women’s World Cup final against Australia on Sunday in Christchurch.
Knight’s team has the opportunity to be the first England side to defend the World Cup title, despite a bad start to the tournament.
England was on the verge of finishing the tournament on the group stage after opening with three consecutive losses, but with five consecutive victories, it moved up in the second consecutive World Cup final.
The England captain believes that Sunday’s showpiece victory will be more special after their poor start.
“I think it makes more sense after the start of the tournament. It’s a really tough start and it’s really great to be able to turn it around,” Knight said. “So if we can do it tomorrow, it will be even more special.
“Back to back, we have the opportunity to make history and are the first England team to do it, which is very exciting.
“I want to establish my position as a player, work hard, and participate just by participating in the finals of the World Cup.
“So there’s a lot of excitement in the group. I don’t really think about 2017. It’s all that day, right?
“Today is a brand new day, a brand new game, and an opportunity to get out and show what we can do.”
England has not beat Australia in the one-day international tournament since 2017. Also, Australia has not lost in the World Cup yet. I have won all the games in the previous tournaments.
However, despite poor records, such as Ash’s defeat earlier this winter, Knight claimed that Sunday’s match was “fresh.”
“If we can win it, that’s a good story,” added the 31-year-old.
“The stage for writing a remarkable story is set a bit, but as I said before, it’s a completely fresh slate, a fresh day, a fresh game, and we and Australia. Both participate on an equal footing and who knows most of the day how to deal with the pressures of the World Cup finals and what is at stake.
“So that would be a great story, but we would have to bring our best cricket to defeat Australia, which is clearly a very good side.”
Australian captain Meg Lanning has played her 100th ODI in the final and expects a difficult challenge despite her team’s dominance in recent years.
Lanning said: “I know it’s going to be tough. England always offers great contests.
“They have world-class players who can quickly steal the game.
“It’s a big challenge for us and certainly not easy, but we’re confident that if we can get as close as possible, it will give us a good chance.”