Women's World Cup news: Five players who could shine in the final

England will look to defend their World Cup title against Australia on Sunday morning, and there's five players in action you should keep an eye out for.

After a terrible start to their World Cup defence, Heather Knight's side have managed to put three successive defeats behind them and storm their way to the World Cup final.

There, they'll face an unbeaten Australia side, who also added the Ashes to their trophy cabinet over the winter with a convincing win over England.

So as England look for revenge, and Australia look to add a record seventh World Cup trophy, Planet Sport outline five key players who could rise to the ocassion.

Sophie Ecclestone

Sophie Ecclestone, England cricket

Ecclestone has justified her label as the world's top-ranked WODI bowler over the last few games. She's already claimed a tournament-topping 20 wickets this tournament, including a career-best six for 36 against South Africa in the semi-finals.

The record for most wickets taken in a World Cup is held by Australia's Lyn Fullston in 1982, after she claimed 23. With the focus set on breaking that on Sunday, Ecclestone is hitting form at just the right time for England, and can definitely steal the headlines once again.

Rachael Haynes

Rachael Haynes during the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup match between Australia and England at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand

However, someone Ecclestone might find hard to break down is Australia's vice-captain Haynes, who has already tallied up 429 runs this tournament.

When facing England in the group stage, Haynes managed an impressive century, going on to score 130 as Australia recorded a 12-run victory.

Another total like that will see her smash the World Cup record of 456 set by Debbie Hockley in 1997.

Nat Sciver

Nat Sciver batting for England vs Bangladesh

Sciver will be crucial to both parts of England's game on Sunday. The 29-year-old shone against Australia in the group stage despite losing, as she racked up 109 runs.

Three more scores of 40 or more have shown her consistency with the bat, and she's handy without a bat too - taking four wickets and four catches throughout the tournament.

With England's openers struggling to set any foundations, Sciver's middle-order runs will be important to England's chances.

Jess Jonassen

Jess Jonassen, Australia

Jonassen leads Australia in wickets taken this tournament, despite being dropped against New Zealand in the group stage.

The 29-year-old spinner averages less than four runs an over, and she proved her worth with a bat too, securing victory against England in the group stage with a brilliant last over.

Heather Knight

Heather Knight for England during the Women's World Cup

After leading her country to World Cup success in 2017, England's captain is now looking to lead her country on a successful title defence.

While she is averaging 15 fewer runs than she did back in 2017, Knight has still popped up in crucial moments for her side, including scores of 53no and 42 in victories against India and New Zealand.

Sunday will be England's biggest and toughest test so far, and they'll be relying on their experience 31-year-old captain to lead the way.

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