Danni Wyatt ready to set aside previous Twenty20 World Cup pain

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England women’s cricket international Danielle Wyatt is hoping to shadow the heartbreak of her two previous Twenty20 campaigns by going for glory in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

England were last victorious in 2009 when the competition was first inaugurated, a year before Wyatt blossomed onto the international scene.

And the 2017 ICC World champion has found her career come up short in the T20 game, with England finishing as runners up in 2012 and 2014 before being beaten by Australia in the semi-finals at West Indies two years ago.

Speaking exclusively to StaffsLive, Stoke-on-Trent born Wyatt said: “I have been lucky enough to play in a couple of World Cup T20’s.

“I’ve played in a couple of World Cup semi-finals and finals, so I know how heart-breaking it is to lose them.

“I remember the heartbreak you have when you lose those games, so I will remember that feeling and how hard it was watching Australia lift the trophy. I will try and go one step further and try to actually win the tournament this time round.

“It’s a short tournament so we’re going to have to take each game as it comes. Our target is to obviously beat Sri Lanka in the first game which will be a tough match and then rest and recover well and beat Bangladesh, so we will take each game as it comes.”

England open their T20 journey against Sri Lanka tomorrow before playing Bangladesh, whilst South Africa lock horns with hosts and holders West Indies.

England go into the T20 tournament as favourites but must first face a stern test against West Indies in their last group stage game next week. Having recently been defeated by the Windies by 5 wickets last week in a warm up match, Wyatt feels she can’t take anyone lightly in the tournament.

“West Indies are a very strong team,” she added. “I have always said to the girls that they are a really good team, but you never know what you are going to get with them as they could come out and smash 200 or get bowled out for 70, so hopefully we play against them on a bad day next week.

“They have got really good big hitters and their bowling attack is one of the best in the tournament, but all the teams in the tournament are very strong this year and we can’t take anyone lightly.”

Wyatt celebrates her century in the Twenty20 match between Australia and England in November last year.

The 27-year-old has had a whirlwind past 12 months on the international stage, scoring her first maiden twenty20 century by smashing 100 off 57 deliveries with victory over Australia in late 2017. Wyatt maintained this impressive form by scoring 124 from 64 deliveries against India in March this year.

“Having those two hundreds on my back gives me a lot of confidence to go out there and perform and do it again. I got a few fifties in the summer which is good but obviously it’s all about adapting to wickets.

“I know it’s not going to be the 200 plus wickets, so I’m going to have to adapt quickly and get a good target off 150. But having those two hundreds is a nice feeling  and gives me the motivation and confidence to go out there and do it again and carry that form into the World Cup.”

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