Heather Knight puts Women’s T20 World Cup ton down to power-hitting transformation
Heather Knight became??the first England player to score a century in all 3 formats because she hit a fantastic 108 not out off 66 balls in her side’s Women’s T20 World Cup triumph over Thailand.
Knight, who conquered Charlotte Edwards’ 80 against Bangladesh in 2014 to register the highest T20 World Cup score of England, is currently revelling within an upturn in her T20 fortunes.
Knight had one T20I half-century to her name prior to travelling to Australia in January, at which she has score two fifties from the tri-series with their hosts and India and then notched the T20 World Cup ton.
“It is really satisfying,” said Knight, who put on a tournament-record venture of 169 using Nat Sciver (59no) for the third wicket.
“It has been a while since I have been anywhere near a hundred in T20 cricket, so it’s nice to eventually do the business in T20.
“I’m quite pleased with my batting improved in that region, and it’s not often I outscore Nat. As it’s normally her up the other end outscoring 22, I’ll be on her again in the next few days.
“Trying to score across the floor is something I’ve tried to develop. I used ton’t score around the ground that there was plenty on the upper side and across square leg, but I have worked particularly in my strength.
“I’ve played that role at seven or six where you go in and need to hit the ball from ball one.
“Having the spell at the stage in the order has really helped with my power hitting and scoring quickly at the rear end.”
Knight came to the crease with wholesalers Amy Jones and Danni Wyatt, with England tottering on 7-2.
It was all England out there , with Knight expanding her incredible album at Canberra’s Manuka Oval that has seen all four of her scores of fifty plus.
“I only really enjoy the ground, it’s quite skinnyas it pertains on well and you get good value for your own shots,” added Knight.
“I would really like to play at Manuka all the time! We’ve got another game here [on Friday from Pakistan] to hopefully cash in and add another fantastic performance in this World Cup.”
This article initially appeared on the official T20 World Cup site of the International Cricket Council.
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