When is England’s next Women’s Cricket World Cup match? All you need to know ahead of South Africa clash
England will hope to kickstart their defence of the Women’s Cricket World Cup when they face a talented South Africa side on Monday.
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Heather Knight’s side are the defending champions, after winning the tournament for a fourth time with a nine-run win over India at Lords in 2017.
However, their defence has not got off to a positive start.
How are both sides faring in the tournament so far?
England are currently sat in sixth place in the table after making an underwhelming start to their defence of the trophy.
Despite a fine knock of 109 from Natalie Sciver, Knight’s side got their competition underway with 12-run defeat against tournament favourites Australia and remain without a win after suffering a seven-run loss in a thriller against the West Indies on Wednesday.
By contrast, South Africa have made a fine start to the tournament and won both of their opening games.
A 32-run win over Bangladesh was followed up by a narrow six-run victory against Pakistan on Friday morning.
What is being said ahead of the game?
England captain Heather Knight told BBC Sport: "We have to keep our heads up. We can't feel sorry for ourselves," Knight told BBC Sport.
"We've just got out of the habit of winning. One or two players standing up and winning us a game will flip that."
"We have made it tricky for ourselves, but no way are we out of this competition," said batter Knight, who led England to victory in 2017.
"We have to turn up fighting with one of our best performances against South Africa."
Could England make changes as they look for their first win?
Questions are being asked of England opener Lauren Winfield-Hill, who made a lacklustre start to the tournament.
Winfield-Hill scored just 12 runs against the West Indies after failing to trouble the scorers in the tournament opener against Australia.
Emma Lamb could be in contention to be handed a recall.
Where and when can I watch the game?
The game takes place at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Monday 14th March.
It is scheduled to get underway at 2pm local time (1am GMT) and is being broadcast live on Sky’s dedicated cricket channel.
Coverage starts on both Sky Cricket and Sky Main Event at 12.30am GMT.
Who are favourites to win the game?
Despite their contrasting starts to the World Cup, England are strong favourites to come out on top against South Africa.
England are rated at 2/7 to claim the win with Bet365, with South Africa rated at 11/4.