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SA vs England, T20 World Cup – Heather Knight – England decide to attacking future after developing brief in semi-final

England Ladies depart the T20 World Cup decided that their shock semi-final defeat by the hands of South Africa will not outline them or do something to change their newly branded attacking type.

South Africa stifled England with an ideal efficiency earlier than a 7,507-strong house crowd at Newlands to safe a spot in Sunday’s closing towards Australia, after asking England to interrupt their very own report for the very best profitable run-chase at a T20 World Cup – they received inside seven runs of doing so.

England put in a scratchy efficiency within the subject as South Africa reached a complete of 164 for 4, then misplaced 5 wickets within the final 5 overs of their pursuit. Nonetheless, Heather Knight, their captain, credited the outcome to the hosts’ skill to claim stress, somewhat than any nerves on her facet’s half.

“There is definitely issues you are able to do higher,” Knight stated. “The expertise of enjoying underneath what was an superior crowd was an important expertise and I feel the youthful gamers specifically will be taught lots from that. Numerous them have performed in entrance of huge crowds, however when there’s a lot on it and when it is a World Cup semi-final, that does add to it.

“However I feel remembering, as a facet, this match would not outline us. The best way we have made a mentality shift and altered the best way we need to play somewhat bit, and actually tried to take the sport ahead, is one thing we must be actually pleased with and we’ll preserve religion in. In T20 cricket, typically you are going to lose video games sadly. And as we speak wasn’t our day.”

“The best way we have performed has actually been entertaining and it is actually the best way ahead to being profitable,” Knight stated. “There’s all the time danger in enjoying that manner, however it exhibits that we have practically chased that down. That’s the proper technique to go ahead. I feel we’re constructing one thing properly, clearly it hasn’t fairly come off on this event, sadly, and as we speak, however I feel the long run seems to be vivid.”

South Africa, in the meantime, had dropped two group video games, together with the event opener at Newlands towards Sri Lanka. In addition they misplaced by six wickets in Gqeberha to Australia, who’ve overwhelmed South Africa in all six of their T20I conferences. England, too, had a beneficial 19-3 win-loss report towards South Africa heading into this match, they usually had overwhelmed them thrice in as many World Cup semi-finals – as soon as on the 2014 T20 event and on the 2017 and 2022 ODI occasions.

“We actually believed as a facet that we may win,” Knight stated. “The group behind them was actually an element, you actually felt it because the opposition. I feel they held their nerve fairly nicely. Their bowlers took it as deep as they may and picked up a couple of wickets, which meant the speed climbed fairly shortly. They appeared fairly clear underneath stress.”

England had been nicely forward within the powerplay at 55 for two after South Africa had recovered from a gradual begin which had them 14 for 0 after 4 overs and 37 for 0 after six. Even on the midway level of England’s innings they had been in entrance, however after Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits had laid a basis with a 96-run opening stand, Marizanne Kapp held her nerve regardless of Sophie Ecclestone’s two wickets in three balls within the penultimate over of the innings. Katherine Sciver-Brunt conceded 18 runs off the ultimate over and Kapp ended 27 not out off 13 balls.

England misplaced wickets in clusters as Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka piled on the stress, first with Ismail’s uncooked tempo and later by taking tempo off and making it tough for the batters to seek out the boundary. Add in Brits’ record-equalling 4 catches, together with an exquisite diving effort at midwicket to take away Alice Capsey for a duck – considered one of six England batters who failed to succeed in double figures – and the efforts of Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley to get them off to good begin and 47-run stand between Nat Sciver-Brunt and Knight was negated.

Amy Jones, who had contributed two beneficial scores within the 40s within the earlier two matches however fell sufferer to Khaka early on this event, stated England merely didn’t execute in the important thing moments.

“South Africa got here at us exhausting and in entrance of a house crowd actually placed on a present,” Jones stated. “There have been occasions when it was within the stability and we began rather well for each innings and we had been forward of the sport, so the again finish of each innings is the place we misplaced it and within the subject at occasions as nicely.

“All through this event we have stated we need to put stress on the opposition at any level and follow our strengths, and within the subject that appears like fully attacking the ball and throwing your self round and supporting your team-mates as a lot as doable. We did that, I feel it was simply execution and, equally on the again finish as nicely with the bat, we took optimistic choices and caught to our strengths, however misplaced too many wickets.

“We needed to win this sport greater than something, however I feel going ahead, it is one thing we imagine in, one thing that we’ll proceed to do and can stand us in good stead.”

Valkerie Baynes is a normal editor, girls’s cricket, at ESPNcricinfo



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