Run to World T20 final can inspire England, says Root

If the call comes, then great it comes, but if it doesn't then so be it.

"It's really hard here because when you captain the national team everyone knows the fielding positions, batting orders and position names", he told Reuters.

"They've been there and done it before but not against this bunch of players", he said. "He deserves it. He was stiff not to be on this tour, he was so unlucky not to be in the initial squad after what he'd done to get us to that point". I played in teams where you didn't expect to win, the public didn't expect you to win.

Australia captain Meg Lanning said: "Ellyse Perry showed the way and it's nice to get the job done".

"They bowled extremely well with the new ball, and those early wickets basically dictated the way the game went", he added.

"We know what it's like", said the Surrey paceman.

"You can walk on the best grounds in the world with your shoes off".

"Hash might play another year, maybe not, but we saw Aiden playing today and stepping into that role and playing beautifully". It was just walking a lap of the oval with our shoes off.

The carrot of reaching a World Cup final on home turf is an undeniable driving force as England aim to reach the showpiece match for a fourth time.

"I'm right where I wanted to be, both mentally and physically".

"Peter Handscomb will definitely play, 100 percent". Langer said. "And that's the truth".

"We're hoping so. She's a warrior, she did brilliantly to go out on the pitch the other day, epitomises the heart of the team, and we just hope she's back".

Yet most of the money still finds its way to cricket's richest countries. This is the reward for the hard work and sacrifices we all make. "And we feel on our day if we play some good cricket we can beat anyone in the world".

"There were some really good stories: what it meant for them and their first memories of cricket growing up". Australia blew their chance of progressing to the easier looking semi-final against New Zealand and instead set up a mouth-watering clash against England at Edgbaston on Thursday when they narrowly failed to chase South Africa's 326 at Old Trafford. "These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank". Moreover, India have got better every game and they have momentum on their side as well.

The opener amassed 507 runs, with two hundreds and three fifties, as the five-time champions won seven of their nine league games to finish second in the 10-team group table.

Most of the players were enthusiastic amateurs but one - Naimur Rahman from Bangladesh - is a former captain of his national side.

"We're back to where we want to be", Plunkett told BBC Sport.

  • Julie Sanders