CWG 2022: Heather Knight will miss England’s opening match against Sri Lanka due to hip injury

Heather picked up the injury during England’s first T20I win over South Africa on 21 July. As a result, she missed the next two matches, which England won 3–0 and won the series. This means his deputy all-rounder Nat Sciver will captain England against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on Saturday.

“Hip has taken a little longer to settle down than I previously imagined. Tuesday is my goal now, trying to get ready for that. I’ll try to support the girls as best I can for tomorrow. Net being great Going on. He has clearly captained the last two games, the team will be in very good hands,” Heather said before the match.

Heather is expected to be fit for England’s second Group B match against South Africa on Tuesday and will not be ruled out of the quadrennial event. “I hope not. We’ll have to wait and see. This is one of those people where it’s a bit of a patience game. I’m just trying to let the injection do its job and see where I am I’m obviously disappointed for tomorrow, but I’m really hopeful I’m going to be back.”

With England winning three T20Is and before that, an ODI series against South Africa, Heather is confident that the team will gain a lot of confidence from their win against the Proteas at the Commonwealth Games.

“The main thing is that we take the same mindset as in a big world event, we take the good we’ve done and perform under pressure. If you don’t start well in events like this, you’re under the pump. That’s why it’s so important that what we’ve done, we move forward and we continue to have that mindset. There are still ways I think we can improve and I’m going to take it as a big world event. I would love to see you together.”

England’s squad for the Commonwealth Games includes 17-year-old all-rounder Alice Capsi and left-arm fast bowler Freya Kemp, along with 20-year-old pacer Issie Wong. Heather said the young trio, who impressed in various matches during the series against South Africa, brought an element of freshness and energy to the team.

“It’s really exciting. The young girls have really added something to the squad. They have added that energy, that rawness, that fearlessness and for us older girls it’s keeping us young and getting us excited.”

“I’m loving being a part of the early stage of their career and trying to help out as much as I can and just let them loose and give them the confidence to show off whatever I do. I guess We’ve got that good combination of upbeat youth and hopefully some wise old ones too.”

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