Heather Knight admits her team struggled for motivation with Ashes gone

Heather Knight admits her team struggled for motivation with Ashes gone

Heather Knight has admitted that England were “mentally fatigued” and couldn’t motivate themselves in the final two ODIs against Australia with the Ashes’ chances already taken away.
 
England were all out for 129 and 163 in the second and third ODIs, losing with 88 and 82 balls to spare respectively. They were heavily defeated in the only T20I that was fully played – though posted a competitive 169 for 4 – and were beaten with a close margin in the first ODI, with a dramatic, drawn Test match sandwiched in between.
 
Australia retained the Ashes with their victory in the first ODI and England kept struggling to strike a balance between playing their best XI and managing their squad with the World Cup in New Zealand being just a month away. Kate Cross (wrist) and Katherine Brunt (side) had to be left out from third game, with Emma Lamb brought in for her first ever ODI.
 
“The last two games, we probably haven’t competed as much as we would have liked,” Knight said. “We’ve been a little bit fatigued and not quite us as a side, to be honest.
Knight on what went terribly wrong for them in the last two ODIs
“It’s been a really good series, particularly the start of the Test match and a few really tight games where we went toe-to-toe with Australia but couldn’t quite win those big moments and be ruthless in finishing off games. We put ourselves in opportunities to win matches but weren’t quite able to get it over the line.
 
“[It was an] unbelievable Test match to be involved in – absolutely brilliant. I was proud of the girls how they went about it, but I think mentally it probably took a little bit out of us. It’s the same for both teams and Australia were able to turn it around for those ODIs.
 
“But yeah, I do think the last two games we’ve probably been a bit mentally fatigued – [we’ve had] a couple of injuries kicking around and a few people we’ve had to test a little bit with our eyes on the World Cup. That’s played a part too.”
 
“We haven’t become a bad side after this Ashes. We have to reassess and go again. [We’ll be] ready for the World Cup and hopefully gain some mental freshness and freshen up physically as well.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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