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ICC Women's World Cup winner discusses this years tournament

The 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup is now underway!

The County Ground, Taunton plays host to its opening match in the tournament tomorrow (Monday) when Australia take on the West Indies in a mouth-watering encounter.

Ahead of this match we caught up with Caroline Foster to see who she thinks will be making headlines this summer.

Caroline is no stranger to the tournament after playing an integral role as England lifted the trophy in Australia in 2009.

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Heather Knight:

“Heather has done well in the warm up matches and scored a tidy ton recently. Her foot injury doesn’t seem to have held her back too much. There will be a lot of expectation on her shoulders as she leads England in a home World Cup but I’m sure she’ll take that in her stride. I’m sure she’ll lead by example with both bat and ball.”

Anya Shrubsole:

“Anya has a history of doing really well in tournaments so hopefully she will do the same this time around. Although she’s not necessarily as quick as she was, she uses her craft and inswing to perfection. She’s so composed under pressure and reads the game brilliantly. She’s an awesome vice-captain for Heather Knight and a genuine threat with the ball. Everyone loves to watch a home-grown player so hopefully she will be saving her best for Taunton and then hopefully the World Cup final!”

Meg Lanning:

“It was disappointing that she missed the Kia Super League last year because she is genuinely world class. Her captaincy is fairly formidable as the stats show and Australia probably come in to the tournament as favourites. She is definitely one to watch and will certainly get some big runs.”

Suzie Bates:

“She was outstanding in the Kia Super League and she leads from the front with both bat and ball. She is one of the most exciting one-day players around and goes at the ball pretty hard.”

Sarah Taylor:

It’s so exciting to see here back in the England set up. When she’s at the top of her game she offers everything especially with the bat and her keeping is exceptional. She’s a lively player who expresses herself.”

Stafanie Taylor:

“What I saw her do for Western Storm against Surrey Stars last year in the Kia Super League was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it!. She’s excellent under pressure, knows her game and is exciting to watch. The Taunton crowd are used to seeing West Indian entertainers so will definitely take her to their hearts. They saw what she can do last year with Western Storm and she will no doubt make headlines again.”

Who will win the tournament?

The exciting thing about this tournament is that a number of teams could win it. India are playing well and could cause an upset. New Zealand and the West Indies have a history of being tournament enigmas but if either of those two get it right they could be unstoppable. However, I can’t really look past Australia and England. I hope that’s the final at Lord’s and it would be awesome to see Heather lift the trophy!

What is for sure is that there will be some really good cricket played during the next few weeks.

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The full list of matches at Taunton during the ICC Women’s World Cup is as follows:

Caroline Foster image courtesy of Getty Images

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