The England captain, Heather Knight, jumped on a train from London to Derby Authentic Borje Salming Womens Jersey on Friday morning. The India captain, Mithali Raj, made the same trip late on Thursday evening Men's Authentic Adidas Bill Ranford Black Jersey - #30 NHL Edmonton Oilers 1917-2017 100th Anniversary after an ICC event involving all eight World Cup captains hosted at Whitehall – the last of numerous ambassadorial duties the players have had to participate in – fittingly dragged on. Finally, we are getting some cricket.England and India open the tournament on Saturday at Derbyshire’s County Ground: an impressive new press box and a few licks of ICC official branding sprucing up a ground that expects over 3,000 supporters. Just after midday on Friday, Knight was out in the middle inspecting a pitch expected to play well. She had selection matters on her mind.The opening bat Lauren Winfield was ruled out with an injury to her right wrist sustained during the final warm-up fixture against New Zealand on Wednesday. She is also a doubt for the second match against Pakistan, which takes place on Tuesday in Leicester. She is set for a scan and in the meantime is wearing a protective cast.Winfield’s injury is a huge blow on the eve of a home World Cup. Given a sustained go as opener from the start of last summer against Pakistan, she scored 439 runs in 10 innings that spanned tours away to West Indies and Sri Lanka.As for Raj, she was optimistic and defiant in equal measure. By her approximations, this World Cup makes it “between eight or 10” trips to England in a career that started on these shores. Since an ODI debut against Ireland, she has become a commanding presence as a churner of runs – 5,781 in ODIs, taking in five centuries and 46 fifties – and a mainstay of women’s cricket, globally and at home.At the ICC dinner, she put a journalist in his place when he asked: “Who is your favourite cricketer from the men’s cricket teams of India and Pakistan?” After a moment of silence, Raj responded: “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer?” Raj began. “Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?”She used the press conference on the eve of the opening World Cup fixture to clarify her remarks. Impressively, she did not dilute the message.“I didn’t intend to be rude,” she said. “It just came straight from my heart. This is a stage for women’s cricket – it’s the women’s cricket World Cup. So, why would you not give a women player more importance? This is our stage. Our platform. Why do you have to talk about men’s cricket? I just put it that way. That’s what I meant.”“Look – I’m sure everybody has their favourite cricketer. There’s nothing wrong in that. It just came out. It was very spontaneous.”Somewhere beneath the stern game face and narrow-eyed stare at distant goalposts, even so, will be a sizeable measure of family pride. With father Andy in charge of the aggressive defence system that has become such Clark Griswold Womens Jersey a feature of the Lions’ trip, the All Blacks will be extremely familiar with the Farrell mind-set by the end of this tour.For Owen only the Father’s Day messages sent by other team-mates to their dads were a slight source of embarrassment. “I didn’t know when to say it to him because I didn’t want to say it in front of anyone else. Everybody got Men's Replica Majestic Jason Kipnis Navy Blue Alternate Jersey - #22 MLB Cleveland Indians Cool Base some video messages but they didn’t ask me to do one so I was a bit gutted about that. I don’t think I’ve spoke to him this tour as my dad.” So, no big match father-son pep talk? “I’ve never had one before, so no!”The Lions will start the three-Test series with New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with thousands of fans flooding into Auckland for the fixture. Howley said the one-off incident with Spencer will not knock the Lions off their stride.

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