Sportswoman of the Year Award nominee Heather Knight focused on World Cup success

Last Updated: 04/12/13 1:19pm

Sportswoman of the Year nominee Heather Knight admits her main aim is to win the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup.

Knight, who was England's player of the series in this year's women's Ashes, is named alongside Christine Ohuruogu, Charlotte Dujardin, Becky James, Shelley Rudman and Non Stanford for the prestigious award.

And ahead of the Sportswomen of the Year Awards on Thursday, Knight told Sky Sports News her main focus is success with the national team.

"Going out and playing for England there's no better feeling than a match with an England shirt on," she said.

"I really want to win the World Cup with England. A lot of the current team have won, back in 2009, so that's an ambition of mine and in terms of the team we want to be the best team in the world and get the crown back off the Aussies."

Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft is one of four nominees for the Disability Sportswoman of the Year Award, with Sophie Hahn, Amy Marren and Ellie Simmonds also shortlisted.

Cockroft's had a great 2013 retaining both of her T34 100m and 200m titles at the World Championships, and the 21-year-old said she is focused on success at the Rio Olympics.

"At the moment I'm training every single day," she said. "It's hard work right now and we're doing a lot more long distance things because it's just been announced that in Rio instead of racing the 100m and 200m like I did in London I'll be racing the 100m and 800m. This means I need to get a lot better at endurance and keeping my speed.

"This year I started at university, something I always said I'd do post-London 2012, it's hard work but I'm enjoying it. It's taking up a lot of time but I'm still managing to keep my training just the same level as it was before, maybe that takes a little bit away from my classes but I'm working as hard as I can!"

You can watch the Sportswomen of the Year Awards live from Sky Studios on December 5 on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8pm.