Women’s World Cup: ‘England have spark back after win over India – but should they now play Emma Lamb?’ | Cricket News

England kept World Cup semi-final hopes alive with a win over India and now face New Zealand in another crunch clash – live on Sky Sports and YouTube from 9.30pm on Saturday; Phoebe Graham says it is a “crying shame” Emma Lamb remains on the bench

Last Updated: 03/18/22 9:21 am


Defending champions England claimed their first win at the Women’s World Cup at the fourth time of asking. Phoebe Graham says the “spark” is back but lei wonders whether Emma Lamb now deserves a spot in the top order …

England have a win on the board. Their first since September. Has faith been restored?

The victory over India was the result everyone needed. Let’s hope it is the spark the team needs to get back to winning ways regularly.

Lydia Greenway and Nasser Hussain look ahead to England's clash with New Zealand at the Women's World Cup

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Lydia Greenway and Nasser Hussain look ahead to England’s clash with New Zealand at the Women’s World Cup

Lydia Greenway and Nasser Hussain look ahead to England’s clash with New Zealand at the Women’s World Cup

England have been on the wrong side of many nail-biting games this World Cup.

They lost to Australia by 12 runs, to West Indies by seven and then were beaten in the final over by South Africa.

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England find winning formula

It felt like they had forgotten how to win games of cricket. Against India, though, they got over the line.

Off-spinner Charlie Dean was a critical part of the winning formula with four wickets and captain Heather Knight led from the front, scoring 53 not out.

Highlights as England beat India by four wickets at the World Cup thanks to Heather Knight's unbeaten half-century and Charlie Dean's four-wicket haul

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Highlights as England beat India by four wickets at the World Cup thanks to Heather Knight’s unbeaten half-century and Charlie Dean’s four-wicket haul

Highlights as England beat India by four wickets at the World Cup thanks to Heather Knight’s unbeaten half-century and Charlie Dean’s four-wicket haul

The top order still doesn’t feel right. A role change for Danni Wyatt, going from No 7 to opener, did not work.

It feels a crying shame to leave in-form opener Emma Lamb on the bench as her skill is so suited to that role.

‘Now or never for England and New Zealand’

England’s biggest game now is on Saturday, against New Zealand.

New Zealand have been in similar positions to England, losing in some close games – to West Indies by three runs and to South Africa in the final over.

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup – Group stage standings

Played Won Lost Points Net Run Rate
1. Australia 4 4 0 8 +1.744
2. South Africa 4 4 0 8 +0.226
3. West Indies 5 3 2 6 -0.930
4. India 4 2 2 4 +0.632
5. New Zealand 5 2 3 4 -0.216
6. England 4 1 3 2 +0.351
7. Bangladesh 4 1 3 2 -0.342
8. Pakistan 4 0 4 0 -0.996

England have a World Cup to retain. New Zealand are the home side. It’s now or never for both sides. It’s must-win and will come down to who has the winning mindset.

England’s spark is back. Come on, girls, bring it home for us!

Watch England take on New Zealand, at Eden Park in Auckland, live on Sky Sports World Cup (channel 404) and the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel from 9.30pm on Saturday.

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