Thursday 7 August 2014 

Heather Knight 'Chuffed' With Vice-Captaincy

Heather Knight hits out against Australia
Heather Knight is looking forward to taking on India and South Africa this summer
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Heather Knight tells Cricket World that she is 'chuffed' to have been made England Women's vice-captain and excited ahead of a busy summer of cricket.

This has already been an eventful summer for England with a new Kia sponsorship deal coming hot on the heels of confirmation of the launch of the ICC Women's Championship.

Then, with Test and One-Day International series against India, and a Twenty20 International series against South Africa coming up, Knight was named vice-captain earlier this week.

"I'm really excited about being appointed vice-captain, I'm really chuffed and ready to get going against India," she said.

"I probably didn't expect it this soon, so it came as a bit of a shock, but it's great news for me and it's great that the management have shown that faith in me and I'm now looking forward to my new role.

"It's really exciting to be part of women's cricket at the moment, there's a real buzz about it and I feel privileged and lucky to be involved."

England play India in one Test and three ODIs and although India have slipped down in the rankings recently, Knight expects a stern test from them in the coming weeks.

"India generally play very well against us and have done recently.

"When they came over in 2012, it was a really hard-fought ODI series against them (England won 3-2 after being 2-0 down) but it's fair to say they probably haven't done themselves justice in the World Cups recently but they'll provide a tough test.

Heather Knight

Has played 3 Tests, 42 ODIs and 17 T20Is for England Women, making her debut in 2010.

Scored 157 in 338 balls at Wormsley in 2013 to help England draw their Test against Australia and go on to win the multi-format Ashes - as they would do again earlier this year.

Was part of the side that finished as runners-up in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20

Born in Rochdale, started her career with Devon and now plays for Berkshire

"They've got a few world class players who have been around for a few years such as Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami but we want to start this new professional era well with a strong performance against them."

The Test match that gets underway at Wormsley next week is a rare opportunity for England to play a Test against a side other than Australia, and Knight admits this is something she is looking forward to.

"I really enjoy Test cricket," she said. "We don't get to play many Test matches and don't play any multi-innings cricket in the domestic game so when Test matches come around they are pretty special.

"It's great to play a Test match against a team that isn't Australia as well!

"It's a totally different challenge and one I think suits my game and it's more of a mental challenge to try to concentrate for that period of time and fight for your wicket."

Then, it is on to the shorter format as England play India in three One-Day Internationals, all of which count as part of the ICC Women's Championship and the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup.

"The new Women's Championship means that every ODI has a bit more meaning and emphasis on it in that are no dead rubbers and every game counts for rankings leading to that World Cup.

"We are obviously looking to make a good start when we play India."

Heather Knight (vice-captain of the England Women's cricket team) is exclusively represented by TSP - please visit www.totalsportpromotions.com for more information

© Cricket World 2014

England v India
Fixtures/Results
13th-16th August: Only Test, Wormsley
India Women 114 & 183-4 (Mandhana 51) beat
England Women 92 & 202 by six wickets
21st August: 1st ODI, Scarborough
England Women 153-3 (Edwards 57) beat
India Women 193-8 (Mandhana 74) by 42 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Scarborough
England Women 214-9 (Edwards 108no) beat
India Women 201 (Gunn 4-23) by 13 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Lord's
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled
 
 
England v South Africa
Fixtures/Results
1st September: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
England Women 91-1 (Edwards 62no) beat
South Africa Women 89-4 by nine wickets
3rd September: 2nd T20I, Northampton
England Women 141-3 (Edwards 75no) beat
South Africa Women 99 by 42 runs
7th September: 3rd T20I, Edgbaston
England Women 126-6 (Winfield 74) beat
South Africa Women 118-6 by eight runs