Hosts England start their tournament against Sri Lanka on Tuesday; they are joined by favorites Australia, along with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and Barbados in the eight-team T20 tournament; all games will be played in Edgbaston from July 29 to August 7
Last updated: 7/29/22 1:19 pm
England women’s captain Heather Knight will miss the team’s Commonwealth Games opener due to a hip injury.
England will face Sri Lanka on Saturday, where Nat Sciver will again act as reserve captain.
Knight suffered a knock-out in the opening T20 international of their three-match series against South Africa, the injury causing her to miss the second and third as England won 3-0.
Knight said Sports sky she hopes to return for England’s second game against South Africa.
“Tuesday is my goal now, try to be ready for then,” she said. “I will try and support the girls as best as I can for tomorrow.
“Nat will be great. She has clearly been the captain in the last two games; the whole team will be in very good form.
When asked if injury could rule her out for the entire T20 tournament, with the final due a week on Sunday (August 7), Knight replied: “I hope not.
“We’ll have to wait and see. This is one of those games that requires a bit of patience. I’m just trying to get the shots to work and see where I am.
“I’m obviously disappointed for tomorrow, but I really hope I’ll be back.”
Cricket has been competed at the Commonwealth Games once before, in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, with South Africa winning the men’s over 50 competition after beating Australia in the final.
However, this Olympics marks the first ever participation in women’s cricket, with an eight-team T20 tournament set to take place.
UK, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Barbados are the parties to the competition.
There are two groups of four, with England along with Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand in Group B. Each side plays against the other teams in its group once.
The top two teams in each group advance to the semi-finals with the bottom two teams eliminated. All matches will be held in Edgbaston.
When is the game on?
July 29, year Australia v India (11am); Barbados v Pakistan (6pm)
July 30, year New Zealand v South Africa (11am); England v Sri Lanka (6pm)
July 31 – India v Pakistan (11am); Australia v Barbados (6pm)
August 2 – England v South Africa (11am); New Zealand v Sri Lanka (6pm)
3 August year Australia v Pakistan (11am); Barbados v India (6pm)
August 4th South Africa v Sri Lanka (11am); England v New Zealand (6pm)
August 6 year Semifinals (11am and 6pm)
August 7th Bronze medal match (10h); Gold medal match (5pm)