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Heather Knight hopeful England can hit big to outsmart Australia in World Cup

Captain confident that players will step up to the mark in big games after learning tough lessons from embarrassing World T20 semi-final defeat

It is disrespectful to New Zealand, India and maybe South Africa to talk about this match as the dress rehearsal for the Women’s Cricket World Cup final. But it is hard to dispute that England versus Australia is a fixture on the international calendar that, historically, has provided the best advert for women’s cricket.

The ODI head-to-head falls heavily in Australia’s favour, with England victorious in only 20 of the 71 played. In the nine ODIs since the 2013 World Cup, it is 5-4 to Australia. As ever, regardless of format or gender, nothing gives the English a better excuse for self-reflection than an Ashes duel.

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