There is now less than a year to go until the tournament gets underway. England have started to find form at the right time, with a record-filled series against Pakistan and will be hoping to retain the trophy they won on home soil back in 2009.
The ECB have joint forces with England Hockey and England Netball to launch a project called ‘Team Up’ designed to boost respective home Women’s World Cups. Former England captain Lottie Edwards, pictured below alongside Clare Connor and Isa Guha, spoke about England’s chances next summer:
“They’ve started well, they’ve got a good young team, they’re going to be led really well over the next 12 months. I’ll be watching them closely and wishing them well and hopefully on the July 23 we will all be sat at Lord’s cheering them on to a world cup win!”
ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Lord’s, the home of cricket, will host the showpiece final on 23rd July 2017 in what promises to be one of the sporting highlights of 2017 and we here at Fours n Sixes cannot wait. The group matches and semi-finals will be played at Bristol, Taunton, Derby and Leicester.
England are currently 2nd in the ICC Team rankings, behind World Champions Australia, with New Zealand and India in third and fourth respectively:
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 Australia Women 59 7524 128
2 England Women 55 6829 124
3 New Zealand Women 56 6424 115
4 India Women 45 4827 107
5 West Indies Women 60 6263 104
6 South Africa Women 56 5190 93
7 Pakistan Women 56 4500 80
8 Sri Lanka Women 55 3922 71
9 Bangladesh Women 22 985 45
10 Ireland Women 20 573 29
Every fixture from now will count towards qualification for next year’s ICC world cup. England’s next assignment is a tough winter tour against West Indies, the current World T20 Champions.