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'I couldn't have asked for a better response from the girls'

From BBC - July 17, 2017

Captain Heather Knight has led England into the Women's World Cup semi-finals - with just South Africa standing between the hosts and a place in Sunday's final at Lord's.

After losing our opening group game against India, I could not have asked for a better response from the girls to complete six straight wins on the bounce and finish as group winners.

The pleasing thing has been the amount of different people who have done a job for the team at different times.

The batting has grabbed the headlines a bit, but the bowlers have got better and better as the competition has gone on and it was the bowlers who ultimately won us that close encounter against Australia which meant we finished top of the table.

There's a lot of trust in the team at the moment and belief in your mate next to you, but saying that, we are nowhere near the finished article as a team. It's very exciting that there's a lot of room for growth with the bunch of girls we have got now.

We have had to win in different ways in this competition, from holding our nerve and fighting hard in that thriller against Australia, to big scores and then winning ugly against West Indies on a very tired wicket. That's given us a massive amount of confidence, but obviously it means nothing going into the semi-finals.

Meeting the fans

It really has been special playing in a home World Cup. Being the hosts, it's meant we have played at all four of the venues - Bristol, Derby, Leicester and Taunton - in varying conditions and it's great to see the work we have put in to adapting to the pitch in front of us pay off.

It's been a real test with the schedule and the amount of travel that we have had over the past few weeks, but it's also been great to see all of the support from across the country.

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On to the semi-finals

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