‘It’s lots of enjoyable’ – Knight nonetheless having fun with captaining England

Heather Knight believes she nonetheless has a “lot to supply” as England captain after almost eight years within the put up.

Knight succeeded Charlotte Edwards, who had a decade-long stint within the place, in June 2016 and her tenure has coincided with some ground-breaking moments for girls’s cricket, each domestically and worldwide.

England head coach Jon Lewis just lately praised Knight’s longevity and dedication as “second to none” after she withdrew from the Ladies’s Premier League to play a full half within the tour of New Zealand.

Whereas nice rival Meg Lanning stepped down as Australia captain and retired from worldwide cricket late final 12 months, Knight insisted she nonetheless will get a kick out of main England and has way more to present.

Heather Knight, pictured, succeeded Charlotte Edwards as England captain nearly eight years ago (Adam Davy/PA)Heather Knight, pictured, succeeded Charlotte Edwards as England captain nearly eight years ago (Adam Davy/PA)
Heather Knight, pictured, succeeded Charlotte Edwards as England captain almost eight years in the past (Adam Davy/PA)

“It’s lots of enjoyable and I’m nonetheless having fun with doing it,” the 33-year-old informed the PA information company.

“So long as I’m shifting issues and myself ahead and nonetheless having fun with it, it’s one thing I need to proceed to do.

“After I assume it’s eight years, it looks like a hell of a very long time but it surely’s gone very quick, that’s for positive, and I nonetheless really feel like I’ve bought rather a lot to supply the workforce to maintain shifting issues ahead.

“I take pleasure in that duty of making an attempt to alter. I’ve needed to adapt my management because the years have gone and I fairly take pleasure in doing that.

“There’s all the time a giant match across the nook nowadays, there’s one yearly so there’s all the time one thing to work in the direction of and attempt to have an opportunity of being profitable in.”

Knight oversaw England’s seminal World Cup triumph in 2017, after they beat India within the Lord’s closing, however world trophies have since been out of their attain, hoovered up by the better-resourced Australia juggernaut.

England received each white-ball collection towards their fierce rivals within the multi-format Ashes final 12 months however Knight reckons Australia are nonetheless the facet to beat forward of this 12 months’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

“Groups are beginning to problem them which is a very wholesome place to be,” Knight stated.

“However Australia are nonetheless an excellent workforce and in the end they’re nonetheless the goal everyone seems to be seeking to knock down.”

England tackle New Zealand in Dunedin within the first of 5 T20s within the early hours of Tuesday morning as they start constructing in the direction of the following world occasion, scheduled to be held in September and October.

Knight led England to glory in the 2017 World Cup (John Walton/PA)Knight led England to glory in the 2017 World Cup (John Walton/PA)
Knight led England to glory within the 2017 World Cup (John Walton/PA)

They are going to be with out Nat Sciver-Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Alice Capsey and Danni Wyatt for the primary three T20s – a prearranged settlement which allowed the quartet to give attention to their WPL commitments.

However that permits these on the fringes an opportunity to make their mark, with Tammy Beaumont set for her a hundredth T20 look, greater than two years after her 99th cap. The 33-year-old was jettisoned forward of the 2022 Commonwealth Video games however she has elbowed her means again in following some glowing knocks in 2023.

“The door’s not shut to anybody,” Knight added. “There’s that chance for gamers coming in and it is going to be actually fascinating to see how they do.

“Tammy’s not been across the T20 stuff for a very long time, she’s gone away and labored on her recreation rather a lot and achieved issues somewhat bit in another way. She massively deserves that chance to come back again in and open the batting in T20 cricket.

“Everybody is aware of Tammy is a gritty cricketer, a little bit of a fighter and loves a problem so I’m tremendous excited how she does with this chance she’s bought.”

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