After their unbeaten tour of West Indies, the Australia Women will now host Sri Lanka Women in a 3-match T20I series which will be followed by a 3-match ODI series. This is Sri Lanka’s maiden bilateral tour of Australia. They would be treating this as ideal preparation for the Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year. Sri Lanka has not tasted success since the previous edition of T20 CWC while the Australian Women have lost only one match in this period.
All the key stats and numbers that matter ahead of the T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka:
1 – This series will be marked as Sri Lanka Women’s maiden appearance in T20I format in Australia. This is also the first time that Sri Lanka Women are touring Australia for a bilateral series. Their only tour of Australia till date has been for the Women’s World Cup held in 2009. Sri Lanka lost all four matches they played in that tournament.
2-0 – Sri Lanka Women lost both their matches in the T20I format against Australia. They faced off twice in 2016 at Delhi and Colombo where Australia Women came victorious by 9 wickets and 10 wickets respectively. Australia Women also won all the 8 ODIs they played against Sri Lanka Women.
6 – The North Sydney Oval will host all the three matches of this T20I series. Australia Women played six T20Is at this venue and won in all those six. No other team has played more than six T20Is with a 100% win record at a venue.
Australia won three successive matches at this venue in 2012 against New Zealand Women to take a 3-0 lead in the 5-match T20I series. They later faced West Indies, England and New Zealand in 2014, 2017 and 2018 respectively here and won in all those three.
7 – Sri Lanka Women are currently on a 7-match losing streak in the T20I format. Their last T20I win came against Bangladesh in the last year’s WT20. The 25-run win over Bangladesh in that tournament is also Sri Lanka Women’s only win in their last 16 completed T20Is.
Since that win over Bangladesh in the WT20, Sri Lanka Women have lost all the 13 matches they played in International cricket which includes 12 games in 2019.
69* – Alyssa Healy has featured in each of last 69 T20I matches played by Australia Women starting from January 2013. Only Sana Mir (73*) and Mignon du Preez (71) have played more consecutive T20Is for their respective teams than Healy. She will be at 2nd in this list if she plays all three matches in this series.
98 – The 2nd match in this series will be Alyssa Healy’s 100th Twenty20 International appearance. Only eight players till date have featured in 100 Women’s T20Is and only one from Australia (Ellyse Perry -108).
Healy (73 dismissals) also need two more dismissals to surpass Sarah Taylor’s tally of 74 T20I dismissals to become the most successful keeper in Women’s T20I cricket.
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