Heather Knight says no huge changes for England Women before World T20 under Lisa Keightley
Captain Heather Knight doesn’t anticipate head coach Lisa Keightley to create huge changes at the beginning of her tenure with the World Twenty20 to the England Women set-up so shut.
Keightley was named as successor to Mark Robinson at October but has not joined up with the squad, which will be training in Malaysia before the start of three ODIs and 2 Twenty20s from Pakistan.
The show comes two weeks prior to the onset of the World Twenty20 in Australia – a competition you can watch on Sky Sports from February 21 – and Knight told Sky Sports News that instruction is going nicely.
“I have been out here before to play cricket,” she explained. “It is very hot, very humid and a little bit similar to Sri Lanka. The terms are a bit like the subcontinent really, so nets are very conducive to flip and a tiny bit slow. We are excited about kicking off the show on Monday.
“Lisa hasn’t actually arrived yet – she’s out in Australia completing her character with the Perth Scorchers from the major Bash. So we’ll be joined by her later in the trip to oversee things and be in the background. Ali Maiden, the assistant coach from before, is taking over as interim head coach, so he’ll be accountable of the excursion.”
Knight added:”I have known Lisa for a long time. She also did a stint in England, so I must know her well, training the England Women’s academy. She knows the players really well and we have had quite a few catch-ups since she’s taken over the function.
“We have not had a opportunity to sit down and map out the future however but there are a good deal of plans we want to speak about and get in place – and we’ve obtained a T20 World Cup coming up very quickly, so there is not going to be enormous, massive changes going in that tournament. It is about being ready and trying to summit at the ideal moment.”
On Wednesday it had been verified that the women’s of London Spirit side will be captained by Knight at The Hundred, a brand new contest that will start in July.
Knight will work alongside women’s head coach Trevor Griffin – the pair having previously awakened at Storm in the Kia Super League.
“I’m excited about The Hundred,” said Knight. “It’s all becoming a little more clear today that the teams have started to be announced.
“We’ve got a new head coach in London Spirit, substituting Lisa after she made the England job; I am very much looking forward to playing this past year.
“I hope it is a massive success. I’m definitely excited about playing at Lord’s at the double-header together using the men’s team and hopefully it will be a competition filled with cricket and folks come out to see it and support the women’s game too.”
Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kate Cross (Lancashire), Freya Davies (Sussex), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Sarah Glenn (Worcestershire), Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire, wicketkeeper), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire), Mady Villiers (Essex), Fran Wilson (Kent), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex).
December 9: First ODI, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval
December 12: Second ODI, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval
December 14: Third ODI Kinrara Oval
December 17: First IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval
December 19: 2am GMT, Secondly IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval
December 20: Third IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval
*Denotes match a Part of the ICC Women’s Championship