Knight throws down gauntlet
Heather Knight has challenged her team-mates to replicate their one-day form and inflict another whitewash on South Africa in the Twenty20 series, starting tomorrow.
The middle-order batter played her part as England recorded a 3-0 landslide in the 50-over format and she hopes for a similar scoreline when the teams resume battle in Potchefstroom.
"The aim is to win the Twenty20 series 3-0," she told ecb.co.uk.
"At the start of the tour we said we wanted to win every game we played out here - so far we have done that.
"We wanted to win the one-day series 3-0 and lay down our brand of cricket. We did that. It was important to us to win in the style that we wanted. We are full of confidence ahead of the first Twenty20."
Knight was player of the match in yesterday's five-wicket victory which completed a one-day series whitewash over the hosts.
After taking 2-15 - her best international figures - to help restrict South Africa to 181 for nine, Knight then struck a measured 55 not out to see England home with seven overs to spare.
However, while the margin of victory was wide, the scorecard tells a different story with England in trouble at 42 for four before Knight and Lydia Greenway rebuilt with an 87-run stand.
When Greenway was dismissed for 63, Knight joined forces with Jenny Gunn and their 54-run partnership saw England past the finishing post.
"They came pretty hard at us with the ball and had us four down," Knight recalled.
"Lyd and I knew we had to relax and build a partnership. We knew if we batted time then we would win the game. It didn't matter if we had a few slow overs.
"I didn't panic when Lyd got out. We bat low down with Jen at seven and Laura Marsh at eight. Even our numbers 10 and 11 are still quality batsmen.
"It was the first time I have finished off a game for England. It is good to be back on form."
Knight is also revelling in her new 'all-rounder' tag following her successful spells with the ball in the last two one-dayers.
"The word all-rounder has been mentioned," she said with a smile. "I got my first wicket in the second game then 2-15 yesterday. It was good to get a bowl. I bowl a bit for my county but not for England. Hopefully I might get another chance."
While Knight's emergence as a part-time bowler will prove useful, she knows she will be judged by the number of runs she scores.
Switched from opener to number six, Knight insists she will bat anywhere just as long as she makes the final XI.
"Batting at number six is different," she said.
"When you go into bat the field is spread so you have to knock the ball around and rotate the strike. You face more spin bowling too which is something I have been working on.
"It's a challenge but I'm enjoying it. As long as I am in the team I'll bat anywhere."