Knight eyes Twenty20 place
Heather Knight is hoping to earn a place in England’s Twenty20 set-up by impressing on the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Knight, a regular fixture in the 50-over side, has not played at international level in the game’s shortest form since the 52-run loss against Australia in January last year.
However, with the ICC World Twenty20 starting in September, she is desperate to force her way into the fold at just the right time.
“Obviously in the Twenty20s, I just want to break myself into that team,” she told ecb.co.uk.
“We have got a very strong batting line-up with lots of competition, but I’ve worked very hard and want to get back in.
“I’ve been working hard on being more attacking and also working the ball around more and I think that side of my game’s really come on, so fingers crossed.”
In 50-over cricket, Knight - formerly an opener - dropped to number six in the order as England beat South Africa 3-0 towards the end of last year.
The 21-year-old was not deterred, though, epitomised by her unbeaten 55 in the third and final game of the rubber, for which she earned the player-of-the-match award.
Although she admits the role is different to what she is used to, Knight is looking to make it her own by impressing in the Antipodes, where England will play five Twenty20s and three one-day internationals.
“I am going into a bit of a new role again in terms of batting six,” she said. “I got a bit of an opportunity in South Africa to make the role my own but I want to do that a little bit more.
“Hopefully the top five will do as well as they did in South Africa but, if I get the opportunity, I want to make the number-six role my own.”
She added: “I did find the change a little difficult at first - I am not the best at waiting to go into bat.
“I really enjoyed it last time. It’s not something I have done that much and it is a little bit different to opening the batting.
“You can go in at any time, so I like having to adapt to the situation - it suits me well.”
Should she continue to thrive, Knight will likely be involved in next year’s World Cup - something that is a lifelong ambition.
“All girls talk about 2009 (when England won the World Cup and the World T20) and how it was such a brilliant year,” she added.
“Obviously I watched that on TV and it was just amazing scenes, so it would just be amazing to play in a World Cup final, never mind the World Cup.”