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England heap pressure on Australia ahead of Women’s T20 World Cup

“It’s going to be quite similar over here, the way the tournament has been promoted so far it’s been outstanding and that was the same in 2017.

“We felt the momentum really build and pressure build for us as the home side and I’m sure that will be the same for the Australians.

“Australia are favourites for the tournament, I think that’s pretty clear. The expectation is on them and they’re going to have to deal with that.”

Knight admitted her side had a point to prove after Australia won last year’s Ashes and vowed to square the ledger in the tri-series and World Cup.

“We’ve made a lot of changes since the Ashes, changed how we go about things as a side and we’ve definitely taken more ownership as individuals,” Knight said.

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“The Ashes was a really big learning one for us, the sort of trip where because it went so badly it was almost a chance to refresh and start anew.”

Australian skipper Meg Lanning said her side would show no mercy against the English.

“There’s nowhere to really hide on the international stage anymore,” she said.

“Every game is televised and you can get footage so planning wise every team is ready.

“We’ll do our research.”

The Australians will wear an Aboriginal-inspired playing kit and perform ‘one consistent act’ pre-game where teams and umpires will remove their shoes and join in a barefoot circle.

“It’s to show our commitment to reconciliation and the top design is of the first indigenous team to travel overseas – it’s about recognising their contribution,” Lanning said.

AAP 

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