Knight targets Lord’s glory after injury scare

England skipper Heather Knight may have feared that she would become the latest World Cup metatarsal fracture victim in a country all too familiar with that sort of drama.

The skipper suffered the injury in the build up to the tournament but has been pronounced fit and participated in a warm-up game in Derby against India.

Knight said ahead of the tournament: “When I first discovered that I was injured, there are always those horrible thoughts that go through your head that you’re going to miss the World Cup, which wasn’t that nice.

“After that we got a plan together and realised it was going to be tight but I was always confident I was going to make it back.

“It’s frustrating, I’m probably not the best injured person and the best at sitting still and doing what I’m told.

“But I’ve been able to do quite a lot and sometimes when you’re watching, you pick up things that you don’t really see when you’re engrossed in the game so that’s been quite good to do that.

“It’s probably given me a bit of mental freshness as well. It’s not been ideal but there are some positives to take and the main thing is to make sure I’m ready for that tournament come June 24.”

Knight is looking forward to what promises to be the biggest Women’s World Cup ever with viewership boosted by live streams on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

The women’s game has been boosted by the success of T20 tournaments like the Women’s Big Bash and the Kia Super League in England.

She added: “It’s going to be a brilliant tournament, the support we have had from the tournament, I think it’s going to be the most visible and supported Women’s World Cup we’ve had.