Women’s Cricket World Cup: England ‘well prepared’ for Pakistan | ‘Honest Conversations’ Improvements | Cricket News
England beat India and then won a close game against New Zealand to remain in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup; watch the game against Pakistan live on Sky Sports from 1am on Thursday
Last update: 23/03/22 11:19
Sophia Dunkley believes England’s previous two must-win group matches have ensured England are well prepared for Thursday’s Women’s World Cup clash against Pakistan.
The defending champions edged hosts New Zealand with a one-wicket victory in Auckland on Sunday to boost their hopes of reaching the last four, after enduring a difficult start to the tournament.
As a result, mid-range hitter Dunkley is undoubtedly the decisive end to this encounter and the crucial win over India last week means England are in a good position heading into the encounter with Pakistan.
England v Pakistan
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“I think it felt like the last two games were almost semi-finals in themselves for us because if we lost it would put us in a terrible position, so I think those experiences and feelings will be great.” , Dunkley said.
“Hopefully we can get a few more wins that aren’t as nerve-wracking and aren’t as close, but it’s good to have that experience for sure.”
England struggled to close out the tournament games, losing close games to West Indies and South Africa early in the group stage.
Heather Knight’s side have just crossed the line against hosts New Zealand, having looked comfortable at 176-4 chasing 204, and Dunkley accepts that’s something the players have to adjust.
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“I think for me it would be to finish games and do it clinically,” Dunkley said of where England need to improve the most.
“I think the other day obviously we lost a few wickets late in the game and that put a bit of pressure on us.
“So I think having that set hitter at the end would definitely do us good, so we’re definitely looking to finish a few more games in the future.”
Pakistan head into the game buoyed by victory over the West Indies on Monday, but Dunkley and England are relishing the challenge in Christchurch.
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“I think we’re always a bit under pressure throughout the World Cup because it’s such a tight tournament,” Dunkley said.
“But I think after two wins we feel pretty confident in the group and we’re in a pretty good position, so we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s quite an exciting opportunity.”
Wyatt: England show what they do on the pitch
Danni Wyatt has revealed how some honest conversations led to England raising their pitch standards to help turn around a rocky start to the tournament.
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“I don’t know what happened in those first three games, but we had honest conversations about what we were doing wrong and what needs to be fixed,” Wyatt said. sky sports.
“Over the last two games it’s really shown what we’re doing on the pitch and everybody’s now getting up and loving being out there on the pitch. I’m really proud of my line-up and trying to do that. that I can there.”
Wyatt was promoted to open batting alongside Tammy Beaumont in this tournament, reflecting the role she has for the team in T20 matches.
The 30-year-old has nearly 2,000 runs to her name with a hit rate of 124.19 in the shortest format and she got off to a strong start against New Zealand, hitting three limits before dropping for 12 .
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Wyatt admits she’s still looking for the best approach to opening the batter in 50-to-1 cricket, but is benefiting from the advice of batting coach Jon Lewis.
“I was really happy with how I started the last game,” Wyatt said. “That’s how I hit, and I think I’m better when I go bowling.
“When I was at my best, I ran well between the wickets, showing that intention, and I step back to clear the outfield if he’s there. It’s my job to get us off to a good start. and trying to go big, and that’s what ODI cricket is all about.
“Obviously Tammy has broken the spot at the top of the order, and it’s just about being out there, having a clear plan of which bowlers I’m going to knock out and trying to build an inning. , really. I just went out there with a clear head, which is the way to go for me.”