Shahid Afridi urges women's team to take inspiration from Champions Trophy win

ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Begins On June 24: 5 Facts

Team India Women qualified for the World Cup matches by beating Bangladesh in the qualifiers on Friday. "I just wanted to get it over and done with".

India racked up 281-3 from their 50 overs, with England bowled out for 246 in reply in an innings which featured four run outs.

The women's game, has evolved so much since then, that full-time contracts, players travelling around the world and the new women's t20 competiton, started a year ago, have all made the game as good as the men's format.

One of four teams to progress via the World Cup Qualifier, the experience in Sri Lanka's team could prove vital - with nine players aged 31 or over. "You have to be patient, it's a longer format, and you do have time".

Indian team is playing yet again the Cricket World Cup in England against the host country.

Pakistan hosted South Africa in Sharjah in March 2015 in the ICC Women's Championship fixture and South Africa came from behind to claim a 2-1 series victory.

"I think India outplayed us", Knight said after the defeat. We will make our plans and play according to our brand of cricket.

"They are more than capable of winning this tournament".

A lot has changed for South Africans women's cricket since then and they are now a fully professional side.

The side is coached by Hilton Moreeng, captained by Dane van Niekerk and goes into the tournament ranked 6th in the world. "I can be laid back but my demeanour is to be aggressive on the field".

After India opened their campaign with a 35-runs win, Knight looked at the positive side and hoped that they would face a similar fate that Pakistan did in their Champions Trophy campaign.

England will be bolstered by the return of talented wicket-keeper/batswoman Sarah Taylor following a stress-related illness.



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