20 December 2019

England secure whitewash over Pakistan and finish the year on a high ahead of Twenty20 World Cup in Australia

England's women completed a 3-0 series whitewash over Pakistan winning the final Twenty20 by 26 runs in Kuala Lumpur.

Captain Heather Knight, who won the toss and elected to bat, was named player of the match for her 43 from 31 balls. 

Continuing with her fine form, player of the series, Amy Jones, contributed with a healthy 37 while Danni Wyatt, Fran Wilson and Tammy Beaumont supported with their 25, 29 and 23 respectively.

Pakistan made it three out of three team failures with the bat with only four players reaching double figures. Javeria Khan was the standout Pakistani player hitting an unbeaten 57 from 46.

Two wickets apiece for Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Glenn and low Pakistan strike rates meant the hosts could only make 144-5 in 20 overs in their reply.

"I think it's been a good tour for us," said captain Knight. "We asked batters to get big runs and that's happened across both the ODI and the T20 series.

"I've been proud of how we've maintained our high standards, especially in the field - which is something we've been working hard on."

For England, this is the perfect end to a somewhat turbulent year and means they can be confident as they look ahead to the World Twenty20 World Cup in Australia under new coach Lisa Keightley.

"It's been great to spend time with our new coach and get chatting to her about how she sees the plans moving forward. We're looking forward to the new year and the challenge of the Women's T20 World Cup in Australia" said Knight.

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