“We will play to win the Test against India,” says England captain Heather Knight

With less than a week to go for the much-awaited India-England Test match, both teams will be looking to put their best foot forward and set the tone for the multi-format series. It will be important for the players to showcase that they can play the longest format and if at all the Test is able to generate a result, there is seldom any doubt that it will do a world of good for women’s Test cricket.

 

Heather Knight. PC: Getty Images
Heather Knight. PC: Getty Images

 

Unlike the Ashes that is played between Australia and England, which has a Test match between the T20I and ODI series, India and England will play a Test right at the start of the series. Australia and England were criticized for the conservative approach in the Taunton Test that was played in 2019 during the last Ashes which ended in a draw.

Talking about the Ashes, the England skipper Heather Knight was quoted by Cricbuzz saying, “That was a different situation, that was a middle period of the Ashes. This is the first game of the multi-format point system that we are going to be playing for this India series. We’re going to be doing as much as we can to win. Sometimes it’s tricky when you play Test cricket so rarely to know exactly what to do in that situation, we haven’t been put regularly in those situations, we don’t play any multi-inning cricket domestically, we are finding our feet a little bit as we go. We’ll always look to, if we can, if the opportunity is there to go out and win.”

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England Women drew their previous Test match, against Australia during the 2019 Ashes
England Women drew their previous Test match, against Australia during the 2019 Ashes

 

With respect to captainship and taking on India in the upcoming series, Knight stated, “Captaining as well can be tricky when we are so used to play white ball cricket, so getting used to the different ebbs and flows of the game, the different decisions you have to make, I think it’ll be more exciting as well just to have fans in and people watching which we haven’t had for a long time, it feels like a proper start to a home summer. I think it’s going to be a sense of occasion down in Bristol. There’ll be nerves but more excited to get going, I’m sure the Indians will have a few nerves as well having not played a Test match in seven years. But same for both teams. We always want to put on a show, because we haven’t had fans in there for so long. India are a very strong side and naturally there’ll be a contest there and they’re going to be hard to beat so I guess that’ll hopefully be fun to watch.”

This article is an excerpt of the original article published on Cricbuzz

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