ICC Women's World Cup 2017
England's World Cup winners target Ashes
Next stop Australia as Knight, Shrubsole target a return of the urn following stunning Lord's success
Aaron Pereira at Lord's, London
24 July 2017, 07:57 AM AEST
Women's World Cup winning captain Heather Knight and her charges will celebrate long and hard after their nine-run victory over India to claim the world title, but their attentions turn almost immediately to reclaiming the Ashes in October.
Knight, who lifted the World Cup trophy in front of a packed house at Lord's, said post-match she was eager to get down to Australia and regain the trophy that left English soil in 2015.
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"I'm getting excited already thinking about the Ashes Down Under," Knight said next to the World Cup trophy.
"Obviously we've got a massive winter ahead with the Ashes, it's going to be a great contest, you saw at Bristol the sort of contest that our two teams can have."
England's three-run victory over Meg Lanning's side was one of the eight straight wins the hosts claimed on their way to a fourth World Cup title, but just the second against Australia in their last six encounters.
England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole was still riding the high of a player-of-the-match performance after taking 6-46 to lead England to the World Cup, but she too was looking ahead to the Australian summer.
"The Ashes has always been a special tour and special tournament to play in, it's always hard fought between us and Australia," Shrubsole said.
"We can take a lot of confidence from this tournament and we can take that out to Australia and we know it'll be a really hard fought Ashes series."
Australia has held the Ashes since defeating England in the multi-format tournament in the United Kingdom two years ago, with this series poised as a clash between the world's number-one ranked side and the World Champions.
Player of the tournament Tammy Beaumont said despite Australia's early exit from the Women's World Cup, they shouldn't be underestimated, especially as hosts.
"The Aussies have got a really strong team at the moment, it's going to be a really good tournament and they are in their backyard," Beaumont said.
"It's going to be hotly contested and the Test match will be really exciting leading into the ODIs and T20s as well."
Since 1934, Australia women have won eight series, two more than their opposition, holding a slight 5-3 advantage when the series is held in Australia.
The tournament begins on October 22, with three One-Day Internationals followed by a Test match in Sydney before three T20 Internationals round out the month-long series.