HEATHER KNIGHT hopes that the success of the women’s Hundred tournament will translate into larger crowds for England’s white-ball series against New Zealand, which begins tomorrow.
There were 17,116 in attendance for the women’s final, breaking a record set on the tournament’s opening night for the biggest crowd for a domestic women’s cricket match anywhere in the world.
England have played in front of a sell-out Lord’s before, for the World Cup final in 2017, but skipper Knight admitted that felt like an isolated occasion.
“It was obviously an amazing day but the momentum wasn’t really capitalised [on] I think,” she said.
“So I think with the Hundred, the success that it’s had, it’s about trying to transfer those plans to coming more regularly.
“I think that’s one thing with women’s sport — not just women’s cricket but women’s sport in general. If there’s one event that’s really well supported it’s just about making sure that you transfer those to … getting people to come and support the game all year round.
“So hopefully that momentum that the Hundred has got and the people that have engaged in it will transfer to more people at our games and more people interested in cricket.”
England will play New Zealand in three Twenty20 internationals and five one-day internationals throughout September as they look to consolidate a squad to retain their World Cup title in New Zealand next year.
Knight said: “There’s been lots of players that have stood up and put in performances, and that’s been so good in terms of selection — it’s probably the widest pool of players we’ve talked about since I’ve been captain, that’s for sure.”
The T20 series opens at the County Ground, Chelmsford, at 6.30pm tomorrow.