Lifting the Women’s T20 World Cup trophy on International Women’s Day would be a dream come true for England’s Danni Wyatt, writes Nicola Kenton.
The 28-year-old all-rounder made her debut for the national side in the shortest format of the game in 2010 and has been a mainstay ever since.
England won the inaugural competition in 2009 on home soil but have been runners-up to Australia on three occasions including last time out in 2018.
With defending champions Australia hosting the tournament this year, Wyatt knows there’s a tough challenge ahead but has every belief her side can make it to the finale in Melbourne on March 8 if they play to their full potential.
“I think every team is really strong, New Zealand, Australia, West Indies,” Wyatt told the ICC.
“Anyone can beat anyone on the day. It is T20 cricket, so we are going to have to be on the ball from ball one every game.
“I just want to contribute to wins in this world cup and contribute to England and see how far we can get.
“Hopefully we can go all the way and be at the MCG at March 8. It would be a dream come true to win on International Women’s Day.”
Wyatt has spent a lot of time in Australia playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Women's Big Bash League and considers the city her second home.
With so many of the England squad having played in the 2019-20 WBBL, Wyatt has no doubt they will be able to reap the rewards of knowing the conditions Down Under.
“I have shown them around Melbourne, it is my second home and the girls are absolutely loving it,” Wyatt added.
“We made the finals again this year and it is great to be familiar with the conditions out here in Australia.
“Half of us came out and played in the Big Bash and it is really beneficial to us.”
In the build-up to the tournament, England played in the tri-series with Australia and India where despite winning two matches, they missed out on the final on net run-rate.
Conditions were not quite as expected for Wyatt in those games, but the Stoke-on-Trent native is confident they can improve ahead of their opener against South Africa in Perth on Sunday.
“It was nice to play under pressure against probably the next two best teams in the world,” the all-rounder explained. “I think the pitch was a bit slower than we expected.
“Hopefully it will be a nice fast wicket at the WACA. We have got to think about what we are going to come up against in the next week, so we are ready for the first game.”