Knight named England women’s captain

Heather Knight

Heather Knight has scored nine ODI half-centuries for England

Heather Knight has been appointed as England women’s captain after the retirement of Charlotte Edwards.

Knight, 25, vice-captain since August 2014, has played five Tests, 55 one-day internationals and 33 Twenty20s.

Edwards retired from internationals in May after coach Mark Robinson said he wanted a new captain and her place in upcoming squads was not secure.

Since then, Sarah Taylor announced she was taking an indefinite break from cricket and Lydia Greenway has retired.

Greenway, 30, admitted that her place in forthcoming teams “might be limited”, as Robinson looks to build a new side with younger players.

The shift towards youth follows England’s semi-final loss to Australia at the Women’s World Twenty20 in March, when Robinson said his players “weren’t fit enough” and he wanted “players who can play under pressure and have the aerobic fitness necessary to do the job”.

Knight, who made her England debut in 2010, is a right-handed top-order batter who has also enjoyed success as an off-spinner since switching from seam in 2014.

The BBC Sport columnist made 157 in the 2013 Women’s Ashes Test at Wormsley and was the top scorer in that series as England won the first of two back-to-back Women’s Ashes titles.

This year, Knight captained Hobart Hurricanes to the semi-finals of the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, and was player of the series in England’s ODI success in South Africa, but managed just 19 runs in four matches at the World T20 in India.

England will play Pakistan in three ODIs and three T20s between 20 June and 7 July before heading to the West Indies for a five-match ODI series in October.

All three ODIs against Pakistan and the final three from the Windies series count toward the ICC Women’s Championship – the qualification tournament for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England.

The host country are currently in sixth position on 13 points.

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