England's Alastair Cook bats on the fourth day of the 2nd Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham on July 17. -AFP
England can book a place in the Women's World Cup final if they beat South Africa on Tuesday as they go in search of a first major trophy in eight years. The pair meet in the first semi-final at Bristol, a ground on which they played out a record-breaking encounter earlier in this tournament. Both sides surpassed the 300 mark on that occasion, going on to make 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day international history.
Opener Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 148 and will once again be the key threat for England. Beaumont and Sarah Taylor (147) shared a 275-run stand in a match where England beat the Proteas by 68 runs. But it was captain Heather Knight who led from the front with a valuable 62 as England defeated the West Indies at Bristol last Saturday to finish top of the group table, having won six straight games since a surprise opening loss to India. "The best part about our squad is that someone steps up every single game," said Beaumont.
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