Captain Heather Knight says her desperation to lead by example fueled her second century of a day for England, which claimed a series victory over New Zealand.
Knight’s 101 earned England a 3-1 victory with Sunday’s fifth ODI ahead and led the hosts to 245-7 – another record pursuit for his side.
England’s top-notch strike was under scrutiny after being knocked out in under 50 overs in their previous three games and Knight’s side struggled again at 71-3 until the captain weighs in with its first tonne of over 50 tonnes since the triumphant 2017 World Cup campaign.
« It’s a bit of a monkey on my back because I haven’t had a hundred ODIs since that first in 2017, » Knight reflected.
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“We haven’t been at our best as a batting group the last couple of games and I was desperate to be the only one to score a big one for the team and take us across the line.
“You try to win every ball, don’t think too far, but I knew I was going to have to beat a long time here. As a team, if we beat 50 overs, we’re usually going to chase it, and as soon as I walked in I wanted to be the person to have a big one. «
Knight made 101 deliveries out of 106 only to fall with the finish line in sight. There were still eight out of 10 balls when Knight was caught in Sophie Devine’s deep with England eventually squeezing over the line thanks to three wide balls from the end.
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Always a perfectionist, Knight blamed himself for not having finished the job.
“I was very frustrated to come out with so many things needed to win,” she said. “I wanted to be really ruthless and finish the game so it was a little boring making him nervous for everyone. I’m really glad we crossed the line, albeit in a slightly odd way with a wide one.
“I had a few curses on my system while sitting on the bench. I hate to watch, much prefer to be in control there. «
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