England became the second team after Australia to qualify for the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s World Cup 2017 after a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in its first match of Women’s Championship series in Colombo today.
Australia has already won the IWC title while the West Indies is close to qualifying. The latter lost the opening match against India on Thursday and is due to play the next match on Sunday.
The top four sides from the IWC will directly qualify for the World Cup while the bottom four will have to qualify through a 10-team World Cup Qualifier in Colombo from February 7-21.
New Zealand has a good chance of qualifying as it needs to win two of its three matches against Pakistan in a home series. South Africa will have to defeat World champion Australia and hope for other favourable results.
England captain Heather Knight was excited at the prospect of playing the World Cup in home conditions.
“It’s a brilliant feeling to have secured automatic qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup in England next summer," she said, "We have the best fans in the world, so to get the opportunity to play in a World Cup on home soil is really exciting, and something that we are all already looking forward to."
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