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England's Tammy Beaumont expects South Africa response

17 Juillet 2017

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 global history.

But with a place in the Lord's final as the prize for Tuesday's victor, Beaumont says both teams go into the game with a clean slate.

After an opening defeat by India, England won six consecutive matches to finish top of the group, while South Africa finished fourth.

"We did beat them in the group game, but it is going to be a clean slate on Tuesday with a lot more to play for and they will come out hard and try and make up for that defeat in the group stages", she said.

"The best part of our squad is that someone different steps up every single game".

"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semi-final", she added. "Heather Knight was excellent against West Indies with a really crucial knock and Alex Hartley with the ball".

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The Proteas also boast the top two wicket-takers in the tournament - skipper and leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk (15) and seamer Marizanne Kapp (12) - meaning England will have to be on their game to extend their six-match winning streak and keep their hopes of a fourth World Cup title alive.

"We are excited, we know any team that is in the semi- final is going to be tough to beat so we're going to have to bring our very best", said the South African skipper.

England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.

South Africa, who finished fourth in the league phase, are hunting a maiden Women's World Cup title, with their best performance to date when they made the semi-finals in New Zealand in 2000.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us at all, I don't think most people thought we would be here".

England's Tammy Beaumont expects South Africa response