England have reached the final of the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on Sunday after emphatically beating South Africa in the last four in 137 runs. Heather Knight’s team now meets Australia at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.
After England entered the 2017 World Cup as defending champions, they got off to a ‘horrific start’ to the tournament and were on the brink of elimination. Sky Sports called. Their hopes of retaining the trophy “hung by a proverbial thread” after losing their three opening round matches to Australia, the West Indies and South Africa.
Wins in the last four group games meant England cemented their place in the semi-finals, and against South Africa on Thursday the heroics of Danni Wyatt’s batting (129 ball from 125) and Sophie Ecclestone’s spin bowling (6-36) made the difference.
If England are to retain their title they will need to beat their Ashes rivals Australia, who are the “heavy favourites” to win on Sunday BBC called. The Australians are unbeaten at the World Cup with eight wins from eight matches and “have only lost two of their last 41 one-day internationals”, including their last seven against England.
It promises to be a “grandstand finale of a great tournament,” he said BBC‘s Cricket chief author Stephan Shemilt.
Ecclestone: “Let’s do a show”
England spin-bowler Ecclestone is the leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 sent-offs – and she scored her first international five-wicket haul in the semi-final against South Africa. Alex Hartley, 2017 world champion with England, believes Ecclestone is “so good” the 22-year-old “could play top-notch cricket for a men’s side”. At that World Cup, “I saw a whole new level of her in terms of mindset,” Hartley wrote The Telegraph.
Ecclestone believes England are yet to play their best cricket of the tournament and she has urged her team-mates to “put on a show”. Sky Sports reported. “Of course it’s a great feeling to reach the World Cup final,” she said. “It’s something we’ve been working towards after losing three games early on, so it’s great to get to the final and hopefully we can put on a show on Sunday.”
Jonassen: “You can’t get much bigger”
Australia “rejoice at the chance to play their old enemy in Sunday’s final”. Australian Associated Press (AAP) reports. Hitting star Beth Mooney gave the hat off to England’s efforts to reach the final after their poor start but warned the Aussies “enjoy beating them to be honest – there’s a huge rivalry there”.
“We obviously played them in the first round game and I think everyone was happy to get a little break from them,” Mooney told AAP. “They fought their way to the final and kudos to them. But not a lot of what happens in this tournament matters now because you have to show up at the right time on Sunday.”
Playing against in a World Cup final England “You can’t get much bigger,” said Australian spin bowler Jess Jonassen. “We know England will come at us very hard and will have some match winners, but so do we. It’s a rivalry that’s ingrained not just in cricket but in world sport.”
UK start time and live TV and radio coverage
England cricket fans have their alarm clocks set for the final on Sunday 3 April, which begins at 02:00 BST. The game will be broadcast live Sky sports cricket and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage from 1am. For fans who turn on the radio Test match special at BBC Radio 5 live comments, the show starts at 1:30.
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