England captain Knight insists 'horrible' rule needs to change as her team exit the tournament after semi-final washout

Knight and England were left gutted after their semi-final washout meant they were knocked out of the tournament (PA Images)
Knight and England were left gutted after their semi-final washout meant they were knocked out of the tournament (PA Images)
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England cricket captain Heather Knight has said her side are 'frustrated' by the 'horrible' way they exited the T20 World Cup and are hopeful no other team will have to suffer the same fate. 

Lisa Keightley's side were dumped out of the tournament after their semi-final match with India was rained off, with the rules stating that in such a scenario the group winners - in this case India - go through.

England depart the SCG after their semi-final was rained off (PA Images)

And Knight feels improvements need to be made to the format of the competition to ensure this does not happen again.

She said: "I don't want any other team to go out in this fashion. It is what was signed up to, to not have reserve days, but hopefully that will change. We've been bridesmaids before but to lose out to rain is a new feeling.

"As players, we don't know anything about the reserve days - it's up to the boards and those way above our pay grade to sort those out. There's frustration and we're disappointed but we have to move on quickly."

"It's a horrible way to exit a tournament. It's going to be a bitter pill to swallow for a few of us for a while."

The other semi-final did take place between Australia and South Africa, although the South African innings was reduced to 13 overs and The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method used to determine the winner.

Australia came out on top, winning by five runs using the DLS Method and will play India at the MCG in Sunday's final.

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