England women’s captain Heather Knight will ring the five-minute bell to signal the start of play on Day Three of the Investec Test Match on Friday, between England and West Indies at Lord’s.
Knight, who captained England to their famous ICC Women’s World Cup win at a packed Lord’s back in July, has also been enjoying a fine domestic season after skippering Western Storm to the KIA Super League title last week at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.
The 26 year-old was appointed as captain last year and has played a key role in shaping the new-look team, under the guidance of Head Coach Mark Robinson.
Following her international debut in 2010, she went on to become the first female cricketer to score a fifty and to take a five wicket haul in an ODI innings
Her highest Test score came against Australia when she scored 157 in an innings that lasted just under seven hours, helping England to secure a draw and, ultimately, regain the Ashes.
The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord’s major match by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a match.