Heather Knight column: ‘I hope we’ve learned from India’


We kick off our Sri Lanka one-day global sequence on Saturday. It’s now not that lengthy since we were out here remaining – it used to be when we secured qualification for the 2017 ICC Ladies’s World Cup, and optimistically we’ll be in a location to replicate that sequence consequence.

We surely feel in a correct swear on the minute. We now own purchased cricket on the abet of us and we’re in the behavior of a hit – having advance out on high in our previous four video games – and we’ll hope to make use of that on this sequence.

Sri Lanka are a correct aspect, despite the proven fact that, and we could by no manner underestimate them. Their invent of dreary has been decent, with some spectacular showings against India and South Africa, so they’ll trot into the sequence with somewhat of belief.

We now must govern what we are in a position to take care of watch over and play our simplest cricket. We now own purchased loads of talented cricketers on this dressing room who’ll all be alive to to expose what they’ll pause in some unspecified time in the future of this sequence.

Studying from India

It’s nice to own somewhat of momentum on the abet of us. We didn’t start the India tour how we wanted – and obviously we didn’t rating theODI sequence consequencewe went there to rating – however I was pleased with how we came abet from that.

We doubtlessly could well maybe own performed with extra preparation in India. It’s so subtle as a consequence of time is always a ingredient – and this used to be always going to be a lengthy tour – however extra and extra in the females’s game, I safe about you have to well behold two warmth-up video games changing into the norm.

We don’t desire to make use of that as an excuse, despite the proven fact that. It used to be massively disappointing as a consequence of we didn’t start neatly and excellent didn’t play neatly adequate. We always gave the impact to lose wickets at a truly most important events however I am hoping we learned and took something away from those two defeats.

That mentioned, the character and resilience to utilize the the leisure ODI after which utilizethe total Twenty20 internationalsused to be so spectacular. We now own performed that a lot as a aspect and it does keep in mind surely neatly on the spirit and battle inner the camp. I am hoping we are in a position to take care of that going.

England beat a Sri Lanka Emerging Team by 153 runs in their warmth-up game on Wednesday

Fingers Risky-ed in tight finale

We now own had our fair half of dramatic and tight matches in some unspecified time in the future of the previous two years however that remaining T20 used to be something else. We always knew we were in the game – we are looking forward to we are in a position to utilize from anywhere – however defending three runs from the the leisure over by no manner feels easy.

Probabilities are you’ll well own got to ****** somewhat with the self-discipline in those eventualities and Kate Risky held her nerve brilliantly to enact off a large expose from the total bowlers.

It used to be a large pause to our tour of India and mentioned so significant about us as a aspect. I was satisfied for Crossy however it wasn’t excellent about her – Danni Wyatt did surely neatly in some unspecified time in the future of the sequence and the total bowlers did their bit at numerous events.

Natural world and soccer drama

Heather Knight and Sophia Dunkley on safari

Most excursions we trot on are dominated by Netflix. This one has been somewhat extra about elephants.

We had an fabulous time out in Assam in some unspecified time in the future of the T20 sequence, in some unspecified time in the future of which we managed to envision out rhinoceros and elephants and – as I write this on the appropriate formula to the ground in Hambantota – we own excellent passed one other three elephants in five minutes!

I’m fully satisfied the elephants prefer it start air as a consequence of it’s the most humid swear on this planet – we own been keeping the laundry other folks busy on the resort.

Our safari wasn’t most certainly the greatest off-self-discipline project.

In Assam we went to behold North East United play in the Indian Gigantic League semi-remaining. We inspired them to a dramatic 2-1 victory in the house leg of their semi-remaining, however sadly the 2d leg didn’t trot their method.

It used to be an fabulous night time on the game, despite the proven fact that. We travelled in and out on the team coach and I safe about a couple of fans could well maybe own thought we were the footballers! A couple of of us managed to utilize some shirts away as souvenirs as neatly. Perchance I’m going to behold one other North East United game in some unspecified time in the future, you by no manner know.

North East United were beaten 4-2 on combination by Bengaluru

Birthday parties and lizards

I’ve also purchased to utilize my hat off to Lauren Winfield and Sophia Dunkley. They organised a joint birthday social gathering for Linsey Smith and Tammy Beaumont in Colombo.

Lauren had obviously learned from her mum, Janice, as a consequence of it used to be surely a baby’s birthday social gathering – with the total video games you would question – however it used to be completely incandescent. It also featured cake and that is the explanation always correct.

What’s less correct – and now not on the identical stage because the elephants on the aspect of the aspect street – is the opposite natural world you bump into in fabulous worldwide locations like this. On Thursday night time, Laura Marsh needed to ring reception as a consequence of a lizard had determined to kill its tainted in her room. She wasn’t simplest happy.

I’m hoping she can use that as inspiration for the first ODI and that it can reduction us rating the utilize and two ICC Ladies’s Championship points in the earn!

England play ODIs in Hambantota and Katunayake sooner than returning to Colombo for the T20 sequence

Heather’s Satisfaction

On Global Ladies’s Day we launched a large advertising campaign that I’m surely hooked in to. We’re giving 11 younger ladies from 7-11 the chance to advance abet and practice with us.

We’re searching for some correct, younger players so that you just by no manner know – this could well maybe be your chance. Plus, you presumably can advance and show Build Robinson why he could well maybe quiet be selecting you in a couple of years’ time!

We’re working alongside the 9 counties who are net net hosting us this summer, so take a look at out the hashtag #HeathersPride or consult with theECB net voice.

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