What’s next for the women of England after their T20 World Cup heartbreak in South Africa? | cricket news

No revolution goes smoothly.

England’s white-ball revival under Eoin Morgan was defeated in the 2016 T20 World Cup Final against the West Indies. The ‘Bazball’ phenomenon that transformed the England men’s Test team under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum even had an innings defeat against South Africa last summer.

Those teams have overcome their blips and England Women, now fully on board with manager Jon Lewis’ desire for aggressive cricket, are set to do the same after a five-run defeat to South Africa in Cape Town on Friday was over. with their hopes of a second World T20 Cup title and their first since 2009.

‘Jonball’ brought 12 consecutive wins, including a record-breaking win against Pakistan, but under the pressure of a semi-final, in front of a fervent Protea crowd, England were beaten. They were 131-3 in a chase of 165. They needed 34 off 24 balls. But they fell and fell short.

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Katherine Sciver-Brunt (left) and Amy Jones (right) watch England defeat South Africa in Cape Town

“It won’t define us,” was England captain Heather Knight’s rallying cry after the game, as she confirmed there would be no change in the attacking mentality that had many believing the team would not only reach the Cup final Sunday world. but also beat Australia in that game.

As always in international cricket, the next opportunity is never far away. England have a home Ashes series in June and July, another T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2024, a 50 World Cup in India and Sri Lanka in 2025. The 2026 T20 World Cup is in England. The tournaments don’t stop.

England must be highly competitive in all of them. His positive brand of cricket isn’t going anywhere and neither are most players.

Sophie Ecclestone (23), Sarah Glenn (23), Sophia Dunkley (24), Alice Capsey (18), Lauren Bell (22) and Charlie Dean (22) are cricketers to build around formats for years to come.

Knight (32), Nat Sciver-Brunt (30), wicketkeeper Amy Jones (29) and hard-hitting opener Danni Wyatt (31) are experienced but not old. It’s a squad full of players who can dominate, which may have cost England against South Africa.

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Their lower average order had not really been exposed prior to that game due to the form of the players above them, especially Sciver-Bunt, the tournament’s top scorer. When they were called up against the Proteas, it showed the lack of time in the middle.

Mistakes also came down the pitch – Katherine Sciver-Brunt berating Dean for two of them – as England were consistently pressed for perhaps the first time in the competition. It was only India that put a glove on them in the group stage as they claimed four wins out of four.

sky sports cricket Nasser Hussain said: “England have been beating everybody and all of a sudden they’re in a semi-final and it’s tense and they haven’t been tense for a long time.

“What affected them against South Africa was that many base players had not hit in pressure situations and could not get England over the line.

“Being tense is something you have to deal with and that’s where The Hundred, the Women’s Premier League and other cricket franchises will help.”

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Will Grave Scrivens force his way into the England senior team’s plans?

There may be some staff turnover among the T20 squad.

Batter Lauren Winfield-Hill and bowler Kate Cross remain good players but have not been used in South Africa and with both north of 30 Lewis may look elsewhere.

Grace Scrivens, who captained England to their first-ever T20 Women’s Under-19 World Cup final earlier this year, is a batting option, while Issy Wong, an itinerant reserve for England at the senior World Cup, is one of young players that Knight and Lewis could turn to. Emily Arlott is another.

It could also be that the England team’s heartbeat breaks down with a headache in the semi-finals.

Katherine Sciver-Brunt is a stalwart of 267 international caps. England’s highest wicket-taker in international one-day and T20 international cricket. A passionate, feisty player who has had numerous winning performances over the years. But time may be catching up with her.

The 37-year-old playmaker took a few touches from India (0-39 in three overs) and South Africa (0-33 in four), as her final against the Proteas was beaten by 18. Her passion also boiled over in the semi-final. when she yelled at Dean after a midday missed catch and fielding error at a similar venue and pierced the field in frustration.

Former England spinner Alex Hartley said in BBC test match special: “I know she’s passionate, but that’s not acceptable. She’s putting more pressure on her teammates. It makes you more nervous. It makes you physically shake. There were some girls who looked tired and intimidated.”

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Katherine Sciver-Brunt visibly displayed her anger when England made fielding errors at Newlands

For Hussain, Sciver-Brunt’s anger came more from disappointment in her own play: “You felt last year that she’s just gone over the curve, she’s going down. As much as she tries and makes noise, I think she’s doing it because she knows her game isn’t where she expects it to be.”

England have a replacement ready for Katherine Sciver-Brunt, 17-year-old Freya Kemp, who would likely have been in the World Cup squad had it not been for a stress fracture in her back.

The all-rounder bowls left arm seam and is also a very capable batsman. Having her in 7th place instead of Sciver-Brunt would have strengthened England’s middle order, which looked weak.

One Sciver-Brunt may be on the way out, but the other is not. Nat Sciver-Brunt has reaffirmed her status as one of the best in the world with her World Cup appearances and will be key as England try to win every tournament we’ve held previously.

The revolution has encountered an obstacle, but not one it cannot overcome.

Watch the T20 Women’s World Cup Final between Australia and South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket on Sunday. Coverage begins at 12:30 pm before the first ball at 1:00 pm.

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