2017 Women's Cricket World Cup: Who has booked their place at this year's tournament?
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 08/03/17 9:05am
The planet's top female players will descend on the UK this summer as England plays host to the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup.
It is the third time the tournament has been held in England and they emerged victorious on the previous two occasions, in 1973 and 1993.
With qualification now confirmed, Heather Knight's side will be hoping they can replicate the success of their predecessors.
How many teams qualify?
The tournament will be made up of eight teams. The qualification process saw the top four sides from the ICC Women's Championship taking their place in the event while a ten-team qualification tournament - made up of the other four Championship teams and six others - in early 2017 determined the final four participants.
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What is the format?
The eight teams will all go into a single group and play each other at least once. The top four teams will then progress to the semi-finals with the winners going through to the final at Lord's.
When is it?
The tournament will begin on June 24 with the final taking place on July 23. The other matches in the competition will be split between four other county venues: The County Ground in Derby, Leicestershire's Grace Road, the Bristol County Ground and Taunton in Somerset.
Who has qualified?
Defending champions Australia were the first team to book their place at the tournament and topped the Women's Championship, winning an impressive 18 of their 21 matches.
England were not far behind them, in second, with New Zealand and the West Indies taking the final two automatic qualification spots.
Despite missing out on a top four place, the other four sides in the Women's Championship - India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - still made it to the World Cup via the qualification tournament that took place in February; Ireland, Scotland and Bangladesh were among those to miss out.