Women’s World Cup 2017: England fully prepared for destructive India

Heather Knight, the England captain, revealed her side’s Saturday evening would be spent watching Love Island as England have done their homework before their momentous final at Lord’s

Both captains entered the Lord’s museum with beaming smiles that broke for a moment as they cast their eyes on the trophy to their left before taking their seats to address the media. Of all the collections in all the cricket grounds, this is one that rarely struggles for attention. Before a momentous Women’s World Cup final between England and India, the trinkets at the Home of Cricket played second fiddle.

India’s captain, Mithali Raj, arrived first, calm and composed before her final World Cup match. There is not much in the game she has not witnessed in an international career that started in England in 1999 and has seen her amass 228 international caps. Contrast that to England captain Heather Knight, whose 74 ODI appearances at 26 years of age hints at a precocious talent that came good when in fact she is only just getting started. Both have young sides at their disposal.

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