England Captain Heather Knight is hoping the experience gained from winning the Women’s World Cup in 2017 can help her team defeat favourites Australia for this year’s title in Christchurch on Sunday.
England – champions after defeating India in the final five years ago – face an Australian side that has dominated them in recent meetings and is looking to claim the country’s seventh 50 overs crown.
“I think the positive memories that a lot of this group have of winning the 50-over World Cup finals will be really useful for us, knowing that we can deal with that pressure when games are close and things are at stake,” said Knight.
“We’ve got the players in there that can bring their best cricket and rise to the occasion.”
England have reached the final despite making a slow start to the tournament.
A one-wicket win over hosts New Zealand kick-started their campaign mid-way through the group phase. Subsequent wins over Bangladesh and Pakistan took them to the semi-finals, where they thrashed South Africa by 137 runs.
Australia won the recent Ashes series before defeating their great rivals in the group phase by 12 runs, but Knight is confident her team has improved since that loss.
“In that first group game we pushed them really hard, batted remarkably and I think our bowling has started to peak towards the back end of this competition,” she said.
“I don’t think our bowling was quite on in that game and the bowlers as a unit are working much better as a group now.
“We obviously haven’t got the results against them recently, but on the day we definitely believe that we can beat them.”