England coach Mark Robinson has challenged his side to regain the Ashes once the dust settles on their remarkable nine-run victory at Lord’s on Sunday which saw them crowned world champions for the fourth time.
In the aftermath of England’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final, skipper Heather Knight praised the “tough love” of Robinson, who axed the long-serving Charlotte Edwards at defeat in last year’s World Twenty20 semi-finals.
The 50-year-old former Sussex, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire seamer has now instructed his victorious side to regain the Ashes which they lost to Australia in 2015 when they do battle in October and November.
England will play three one-day internationals, one Test match and three Twenty20s against Australia, a side who relinquished their status as World Cup holders after losing to India in the semi-finals.
“The Ashes will be a big test, but we’ll go there with momentum and confidence. What would really cap a special year is bringing the Ashes home,” said Robinson. “We have to stay really humble as a team. There’s a lot more growth in them and we’re not perfect.”
Robinson joined the growing chorus urging the women’s game to “capture the moment”, while Knight has spoken of their dramatic win over India being a watershed moment for female cricketers around the country.
Both also agreed on the need for more one-day matches to ensure competitiveness; before the tournament began in June England had not played a full one-day international since November.
“Outside of tournaments, we played the likes of Australia and New Zealand for a long time and it is the games against the best opposition that make you better,” said Knight.
“Coming into this competition, we didn’t know how we’d go agains the bigger sides because we hasn’t played them. Luckily, it went well, but we’d love to do it more often.”
Robinson added: “We are desperately trying to organise something in March  after the Big Bash, which is proving difficult. We want to play India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
“We need more tight games because sometimes losing is, not great, but it allows you to re-evaluate where people are. We’ve got to get someone to give us a game.”