Sophia Dunkley believes England’s two previous group matches have ensured England are well prepared for Thursday’s Women’s World Cup match against Pakistan.
The defending champions beat hosts New Zealand with a one-hole win in Auckland on Sunday to boost their hopes of reaching the last four after suffering a tough start to the tournament.
As a result, mid-range hitter Dunkley is undoubtedly the decisive end to this standoff, and the decisive win over India last week means England are well placed before facing Pakistan.
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“I think the last two games were semi-finals for us because if we lost it would put us in a terrible situation, so I think those experiences and those feelings are going to be great,” Dunkley said.
“I hope we can have some other victories that are not nerve-wracking and not close, but it is good to have this experience for sure.”
England struggled to finish the tournament matches, losing close matches to the West Indies and South Africa early in the group stage.
Heather Knight’s side have just crossed the line against hosts New Zealand, having looked comfortable at 176-4 chasing 204, and Dunkley accepts that’s something the players will have to adjust.
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“I think it would be for me to finish matches and do that clinically,” Dunkley said of the areas England need to improve the most.
“I think the other day we obviously lost a few wickets late in the game and that put some pressure on us.
“So I think getting this strike group at the end will definitely benefit us, so we’re definitely looking to finish a few more matches in the future.”
Pakistan enter the match buoyed by a win over the West Indies on Monday, but Dunkley and England are enjoying the challenge in Christchurch.
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“I think we’ve always been under pressure throughout the World Cup because it’s a tough tournament,” Dunkley said.
“But I think after two wins we feel very confident in the group and we are in a very good position, so we are looking forward to the challenge. It is a really exciting opportunity.”
Wyatt: England have shown what they are doing on the field
Danni Wyatt has revealed how some honest conversations led England to raise the standards of the field to help turn around a difficult start to the tournament.
Missed strikes played a role in England’s defeats in each of their first three matches, but Wyatt believes the team returned to the levels expected of them in their victories over India and New Zealand.
England’s multi-level player Danny White says ‘honest conversations’ about a poor squad have surfaced in the last two games, and discusses his move to the top of the strike charts.
“I don’t know what happened in those first three games, but we had honest conversations about what we did wrong and what needs to be fixed,” White said. sky sport.
“Over the last two games he has really shown what we are doing on the pitch and now everyone is waking up and loving being there on the pitch. I am really proud of my standing and trying to do what I can there.”
White has been promoted to open batting alongside Tammy Beaumont in this tournament, reflecting the role she plays for the team in T20 matches.
The 30-year-old has nearly 2,000 runs to her name with a success rate of 124.19 in her shortest form, and she made a strong start against New Zealand, hitting three limits before dropping back to 12.
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White admits she is still looking for the best way to open batting in 50-to-1 cricket, but she is taking advantage of the advice of batting coach John Lewis.
“I was really happy with the way the last game started,” White said. “That’s how I hit, and I think I do better when I’m bowling.
“When I was at my best, I ran well between the wickets, showing that intent, and backing off to clear the field if there was one. My job is to get off to a good start and try to get big, that’s what ODI cricket is all about.
“Tami obviously broke the spot at the top of the standings, it’s just about being there, and we have a clear plan for the bowlers I’m going to hit and try to build a role., really. I just came out with a clear head, and that’s the way to go.”
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