The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between West Indies Women and Australia Women will be hosted by the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (6:00 PM GMT) (11:30 PM IST).
The game will be live on Windies Cricket’s YouTube channel.
After a successful Ashes tour in England, the Australia Women travel to the Caribbean Islands for a 3-match ODI series starting on Thursday and will be followed by a 3-match T20I series. Australia won the ODI series 3-0 and the T20I series 2-1 in that tour. The West Indies Women played 11 T20Is and 11 ODIs against the Aussies women but managed to win only once each in the two formats.
The Windies Women got better of Australia in the 2013 ODI World Cup group game and in the 2016 T20 World Cup final to clinch their maiden title. However, Australia never toured the Caribbean Islands for a limited-overs bilateral series before. The only time they toured this part of World for a bilateral series was in 1976 for a 2-match Test series and both the matches ended in a draw.
The Australia Women are expected to be welcomed by drizzle and showers over the evening. Thursday is expected to be partly cloudy in Antigua. Close to 30 Celsius temperature is expected during the match. However, these showers might not threat to wash out the game.
The Antigua’s Coolidge Cricket Ground will hosts its first Women’s ODI and also the first List A game in Women’s cricket. Considering how the pitches played during the series between the hosts and India A last month, we can expect some early swing for the pacers while the spinners coming into the equation once the track gets dried.
Average 1st inning score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies Women:
Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Natasha McLean, Stafanie Taylor (C), Stacy Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Shabika Gajnabi, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry/Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Anisa Mohammed.
Bench – Reniece Boyce, Chinelle Henry/Karishma Ramharack.
Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (WK), Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt.
Bench – Tayla Vlaeminck, Heather Graham, Nicola Carey.
Rachael Haynes will have a key role to play for the Aussies. She could open in the absence of Nicole Bolton. If Haynes is permitted to middle-order, she has to stabilize the innings on slow tracks. Afy Fletcher took six wickets in three matches during their disastrous tour of England. Erin Burns is set to make her ODI debut and could be a surprise package with her all-round skills.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ellyse Perry, Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews, Megan Lanning
Vice-Captain – Alyssa Healy, Afy Fletcher, Erin Burns, Natasha McLean
Ellyse Perry has to be captain or vice-captain given the way she played throughout the England tour. She would be a reliable bat in slow tracks of the West Indies and can pick a few wickets with her cutters.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batters – Rachael Haynes, Erin Burns, Natasha McLean
All-Rounders – Stafanie Taylor (VC), Ellyse Perry (C), Hayley Matthews
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Georgia Wareham
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kycia Knight
Batters – Natasha McLean, Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning
All-Rounders – Hayley Matthews (C), Ellyse Perry (VC), Stafanie Taylor, Ashleigh Gardner
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Afy Fletcher, Georgia Wareham
With a vacant opening spot, there are signs of the Aussie Women taking some interesting calls to fill the gap. The most likely one will be Rachael Haynes coming up the order. Ashleigh Gardner expressed the interest to bat anywhere while Beth Mooney is also an option for the visitors.
Australia Women are expected to extend their winning streak in ODIs to 13 matches.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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