Women’s World Cup: Kate Cross on England stars hoping to lift trophy   


Sophie Ecclestone was buzzing to get a tweet off Everton after six-wicket haul, Danni Wyatt checked mum and dad watched her incredible century while Charlie Dean is like a little puppy! KATE CROSS on the England stars hoping to win the Women’s World Cup

England have glory within their grasp as they take on old rivals Australia in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

After losing their first three matches of the tournament in New Zealand, England have stormed back with five consecutive wins, culminating in an emphatic victory over South Africa in the semi-final.

Ahead of the final in Christchurch, bowler KATE CROSS talks us through the England team hoping to lift the trophy for the fifth time in their history.  

England beat South Africa to reach the Women’s World Cup final, where Australia await them

Bowler Kate Cross talks us through the England stars hoping to lift the trophy on Sunday

Bowler Kate Cross talks us through the England stars hoping to lift the trophy on Sunday

Tammy Beaumont – the glue that has held our one-day batting together for so long. She’s brilliant at the top of the order and has thoroughly deserved every plaudit that has come her way because of her incredible record. Smallest member of our team!

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Danni Wyatt – Dan has had a bit of a tough time in one-day cricket being used up and down the order but the way she batted in the semi-final to make a century against South Africa was special. First thing she did after the game was check her mum and dad had watched it.

Danni Wyatt after her knock of 129 in the semi-final win over South Africa on Thursday

Danni Wyatt after her knock of 129 in the semi-final win over South Africa on Thursday

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Heather Knight – There are so many things you could say about Heather. A fighter, so hard-working and the most level headed of us. Tries not to get too high or low which has served us well in this World Cup. She gets the best out of us and wants us to play hard but enjoy it.

Nat Sciver – Frightening to think she hasn’t peaked yet. Easy to throw the word masterclass around but that’s what her century against Australia in the opening game was. One of our key fielders, too, and taking the catch of Lizelle Lee in the semi-final was a big moment.

Nat Sciver marks her century againsty Australia in the opening match of the tournament

Nat Sciver marks her century againsty Australia in the opening match of the tournament 

Amy Jones – I watched the 2017 World Cup final with Amy in a box at Lord’s so we’ve had a similar journey to get here. We always knew she would have been rated the best keeper in the world had Sarah Taylor not been around and has proved it since taking over from her.

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Sophia Dunkley – Hasn’t had a headline in World Cup yet but has played such an important role. Taken to international cricket as if she’s been doing it all her life and showed such maturity batting with her good mate Danni, reading the situation so well, in the semi-final.

Sophia Dunkley plays a shot during her important innings in the South Africa semi-final

Sophia Dunkley plays a shot during her important innings in the South Africa semi-final

Katherine Brunt – She didn’t feel she was at her best at first but did some technical work before Pakistan game and has been brilliant since. Been at the top for so long but still prepared to work hard to improve. One of best all-rounders in world along with Nat Sciver.

Sophie Ecclestone – To be No 1 in world at her age and stay there is phenomenal. Such a repeatable action and height we don’t often see in the women’s game that gets bounce. Just as pleased to get a tweet from Everton after the semi-final as taking six wickets!

Spinner Sophie Ecclestone took six wickets to bowl England to victory in the semi-finals

Spinner Sophie Ecclestone took six wickets to bowl England to victory in the semi-finals

Kate Cross – Having missed out on 2017 it could look like a fairytale that I’m here but only 18 months ago I was in tears telling my family I didn’t think I was good enough for international cricket. Proud of myself as could easily have knocked it all on the head.

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Charlie Dean – I love Deano. She’s like a little puppy nipping at your heels all the time which might show I’m getting old! She’s an attacking off-spinner creating wicket-taking opportunities and has been a great find for us after coming through in domestic cricket.

'Little puppy' Charlie Dean takes a catch to dismiss Shabnim Ismail in the last four win

‘Little puppy’ Charlie Dean takes a catch to dismiss Shabnim Ismail in the last four win

Anya Shrubsole – Bit of a rollercoaster of a tournament for her but turned it around in first game against South Africa. Anya has been there and done it – the 2017 World Cup is the perfect example of that – and can win you a game from nowhere. We are lucky to have her.

England have to stop Australia, who have taken the women’s game to new levels recently

England have to stop Australia, who have taken the women’s game to new levels recently 

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