Cricketer Katherine Brunt is set to play for England in the Women’s 50-over World Cup final on Sunday.

Defending champions England lost their first three matches of the tournament in New Zealand but then won the next four to finish third in the round robin group stage and qualify for the semi-finals.

In the last four, they beat South Africa yesterday.

England now face Australia at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday for the trophy.

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Brunt will be looking to win the cup for the third time, after victories in the 2009 and 2017 finals.

England crushed South Africa by 137 runs in the semi-final.

They made 293 for eight, thanks to 129 by opener Dani Wyatt, with Brunt bowled out for nine batting at number seven.

She then opened the bowling and conceded just nine runs off four overs, before Sophie Ecclestone took six wickets to dismiss South Africa for 156.

In the final group stage game against Bangladesh on Saturday, England recovered from 96 for four to post 234 with Brunt making 24 not out off 22 balls at number seven.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 134 after Brunt conceded just seven runs from her five overs.

Brunt has taken four wickets in the tournament, taking her international tally in all formats to 316 – more than any other player for England.

She has previously said that she will retire this year, following the Commonwealth games in July and August in Birmingham, into which England have entered a women’s Twenty20 team. Before that, they are due to play a Test match against South Africa in Taunton in late June then three One Day Internationals and three Twenty20s against the same opponents.