Cricket World Cup: Heather Knight ‘so proud’ of England for reaching closing

Cricket World Cup: Heather Knight 'so proud' of England for reaching final

An emotional Heather Knight said she was “so proud” of her England team after they beat South Africa to reach the final of the Women’s World Cup.

England went winless during the Ashes and lost their first three World Cup matches, only to respond with five successive victories.

The defending champions meet Australia in Sunday’s final in Christchurch.

“The way we’ve turned things around has shown a lot about the character in this group,” captain Knight told BBC Sport.

“We’ve taken a few batterings over the last couple of months, but the fact we’re here in a World Cup final is great.”

England have been on tour for three months, with the World Cup in New Zealand following the Ashes loss in Australia.

They were on the brink of elimination when they lost to South Africa on 14 March, but continued their turnaround with a 137-run semi-final defeat of the same opponents.

Now they face the powerful Australians, who have lost only two of 41 one-day internationals since the 2017 World Cup, including…