Christ Church, March 31: England starter Danni Wyatt admitted on Thursday she had thought of a moment in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup when reaching the final was not a possibility.
England lost their first three games to Australia, the West Indies and South Africa, leaving them on the verge of a surprise early exit.
But the defending champions fought back to defeat India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals against South Africa. In the clash to reach the final, Wyatt stamped his authority with a magnificent 129, his first century in a World Cup and stitched a 116 tier with Sophia Dunkley to help England reach 293/8. In response, South Africa were eliminated by 156, sending England to the final against Australia on Sunday with a 137-run victory.
“Every game since that India game has been a knockout game. So today was like every other game we’ve played in the last few games. After those first three games, I didn’t think this would be the case, so I’ll prepare well. for the final and obviously we’re really looking forward to winning that trophy after the start we had especially,” Wyatt said in the post-match virtual press conference.
Wyatt, who fell five times during her 129 stroke, was very pleased with the way she made pardons count towards playing a stellar hand in England’s victory. “Really pleased with how it went today. I woke up this morning and really wanted to contribute to a win today and that’s what happened, obviously I got dropped a few times but that’s cricket and you have to cash in on days like today. So So, very happy with how it went.” Wyatt, who took the Player of the Match award, was extremely happy for left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who earned her first international 5-fer on her way to 6/36 and also the best figures in the World Cup. Until now.
“Soph bowled exceptionally well again today, she is an absolute goat (best ever) and I am very happy because it is going to be the first of many pools. It was absolutely unplayable today, especially with that pace and drop – a bit of a twist As well as what he was getting I actually told Nat (Sciver) on the pitch how he’s doing in men’s international cricket I think he’s bowling exceptionally well at the moment and it’s not fun to take on her at the net, that’s for sure.” In ODIs, Wyatt mostly narrows down the order, especially in the first two matches when Lauren Winfield-Hill opened alongside Tammy Beaumont. But with Winfield-Hill struggling to get runs, Wyatt was assigned fly-half duties and after taking some time to find her rhythm, she looks like she is now set to be England’s starter in ODI for a long time to come. .
“I’ve had a weird career, especially my ODI career with ups and downs like a yo-yo. But I’m happy with where the team wants me to hit. Obviously, I’ve had a chance to open up the bat, which is where I want to hit.” and it’s my job to get the team off to a good start and take advantage of the opportunity. I’m very happy with how it went today. Hopefully this can be the start of a long and successful career at the top of the order.”