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Cricket: Heather Knight looks ahead to the World Twenty20

Despite the inclement weather, it’s been – and continues to be – a very busy summer for England’s women cricketers.

They’ve just completed a two-match series against Pakistan, yesterday they began a five-match series against West Indies (with coverage on Sky Sports!) with a resounding win, and on 26th September the World Twenty20 begins, with England (champions back in 2009) one of the favourites to win.

And in the run-up to the series and the tournament, they haven’t just been training – they’ve also been continuing their community work.

Captain Charlotte Edwards told us earlier in the summer about her work with Chance to Shine, and the rest of her squad are following her example.

Heather Knight, who has settled into the England team in the two and a half years since her debut as an attacking batter,  has been supporting the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser – a nationwide fundraising campaign for cricket clubs – and running coaching sessions for children, both boys and girls.

Most recently, she spent the bank holiday at Horsley and Send Cricket Club at an under-11s tournament, offering expert advice with men’s fast bowler Chris Tremlett to 160 junior players.

“It’s a really exciting six months,” she says, with understatement.

She admits that the publicity that’s been on the men’s team recently has stolen the limelight away from the women a little, which also relieves the pressure and expectation as they head into the World Twenty20.

She rightly points out, though, “We’ll still be at the top, being hunted.”

Watch the England women on Sky Sports during the series against Pakistan, and keep an eye out for the television schedule during the World Twenty20.

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