England bowler Alex Hartley relishing World Cup challenge after 'best 12 months'

"I am obviously thrilled to be taking part in a world cup and I am undoubtedly going to give it my best", Rusere told the Daily News from England.

Batting first, Team India scored 275 for 8 in 50 overs with half-centuries from Raj and opener Poonam Raut (69).

"But boundary count will have a massive impact - I think the team who hits the highest number of boundaries, playing aggressive, intelligent cricket will win the World Cup".

Sarah Taylor continues her return to the fold as England Women sharpen their World Cup preparations against Sri Lanka on Monday. The ICC have named the 31-year-old Zimbabwean among the nine men umpires from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires who will handle matches at the prestigious women's tournament.

The DRS was introduced for the first time in India's Test match against Sri Lanka in 2008. Both players are potential match-winners but it wasn't to be today, caught in the ring by Georgia Elwiss and Danni Wyatt respectively. "If she is anywhere near her best, I'm sure she'll have a great tournament". All being well, Heather Knight's side should still be vying for the cup when the tournament reaches its finale at Lord's on 23 July.

With a strong bowling line up, featuring the pace of Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail up front, South Africa can be a force to reckon with on their day.

The 2013 World Cup in India was a disappointing tournament for England as they finished third after narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

"I always talk about Sri Lanka's Eshani Lokusuriyage [also known as Eshani Kaushalya] - she's a unsafe player who can hit sixes and bowl yorkers at the death". It was an fantastic achievement and something I really hope this group of girls can replicate. All teams played 12 matches each, with the top two teams - Australia and England - locking horns in the final. Remeber the 2013 World Cup? "It bodes well for this tournament that teams are realising what they can do".

"Having won the World Twenty20 past year, West Indies should cause an upset or two, although they've struggled in the 50-over format to be competitive over a long period". But make no mistake, they are known for springing a surprise when least expected and India will vouch for that.

Charlotte Edwards lifts the World Cup trophy after her side clinched a thriller against New Zealand in 2009.

  • Arturo Norris