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England hit by Lauren Winfield injury on eve of Women's World Cup

Clarence Schmidt | 27 June, 2017, 08:40

This time, many believe it could, and possibly should, be a happier ending for England.

Pakistan will play round-robin stage matches against South Africa, England, India, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka through out the tournament. The one-month long tournament has 31 ODIs being played and is bound to make one exciting session for cricket fans around the world.

However, the participation of the teams in the subsequent World Cups was severely hampered due to the lack of funds by the cricket boards.

However, with India eyeing up their first victory, the challenge won't start off in easy fashion - particularly with the experience of Mithali Raj, the world's second highest-capped batter behind Charlotte Edwards.

One of the biggest changes in the Women's Cricket happened in early 2005 when the International Cricket Council undertook the functioning of the Women's Cricket under its wings. Despite making it to the final after some strong performances, the Indian team wilted under pressure, resulting in the strong Australian unit winning the match comprehensively by 98 runs. "We didn't quite hit our line and lengths and India punished us for that". But the seventh-ranked team, which has never beaten the likes of title favourites Australia, England, India and New Zealand, is certainly capable of recording an upset or two in the tournament.

United States secure first win of America's Cup, trail NZ 4-1
It seemingly doesn't matter to Spithill that Oracle merely cut Team New Zealand's lead to 4-1 in the first-to-seven regatta. Races seven and eight are scheduled for Monday (NZT) where similar wind speeds of 8-10 knots are forecast.

At the last Women's World Cup, Australia edged England out by just two runs, inflicting one of two defining losses which meant England narrowly missed out on the final. Whoever lift the trophy at Lord's on July 23 will be undisputed winners with the luck of the draw playing no part.

Australia and the West Indies will begin their campaigns against each other in Taunton tomorrow.

The ground, dressed in its Women's World Cup branding and with the boundary bordered by electronic advertising boards, looked a picture.

Tournament hosts England and India, a team who've enjoyed success in English conditions in recent times, launch the competition in Derby on Saturday.

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