England begin their defense of the title they won in 2017 against Australian favorites Hamilton on Saturday. The tournament begins on Friday when hosts New Zealand take on West Indies.
Overnight, England beat South Africa by six wickets with 52 balls to spare in a match reduced to 35 overs, thanks to a sensational performance from their bowlers. This follows a fine win over Bangladesh.
England are coming off a disappointing Ashes campaign in which they lost all three ODIs, but Beaumont thinks they are ready – and can beat Australia.
“Today was a great victory before a World Cup,” she said. “This is another step in the right direction. We spent an entire week in a hotel room [quarantining] not being able to train. After a few good games and a few kilometers in the legs, we are ready to go this week.
“We will face Australia, in our time, we can beat them. We are well placed for this match, whatever the results of the Ashes. I don’t think one day will ruin your World Cup hopes. Good time to come out and give him a good chance.
Beaumont thinks England is ‘written off’ in some quarters.
“I feel like a lot of people wrote us off,” she said. “Last time people tried to call us favourites. We are still the holders and you deregister us at your own risk.
“It would be a huge achievement to come back back to back. It’s always tough being away from home, but the conditions in New Zealand are actually quite similar, so it’s nice to try to get back there.
“Winning a World Cup at any time is a huge achievement, but especially when we’ve been through covid and all the bubbles, restrictions, all that.”
Beaumont is unsure whether she will open with Lauren Winfield-Hill (probably) or rookie Emma Lamb, but thinks England’s best order must step up after a poor Ashes.
“Everyone has to step in and we’ve had discussions about not just what we want to do, but also how we’re going to do it,” she said. “We want to play aggressive cricket, take the game.
“In the ashes, the higher order was putting incredible pressure on the middle order to mop up the mess we had created.”