Australia retained the Women’s Ashes Trophy by drawing the one-off Test match in Taunton last week after winning the 3-match ODI series by a 3-0 margin. The ODI series win fetched six points for the Aussies and a 3-0 win in the T20I series starting on Friday will see England Women also finishing with six points. They needed to win the Test to have a chance of regaining the Ashes Trophy which didn’t happen.
Though the result of the Ashes trophy already decided, both sides will now fight for the T20I series. During the 2017 Women’s Ashes held in Australia, the visitors won the 3-match T20I series by a 2-1 margin. Ellyse Perry put great efforts with both bat and ball in the ODI series and one-off Test. However, when it comes to T20Is, Perry hardly gets a chance to bat but bowls her 4-overs quota more than often.
The 1st game of the 3-match Women’s Ashes T20I series between England Women and Australia Women will be hosted by the County Ground in Chelmsford.
The match starts at 7:15 PM local time (6:15 PM GMT) (11:45 PM IST). The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
Last five completed T20I matches:
England Women: W, W, W, W, W.
Australia Women: W, W, L, W, W.
The County Ground in Chelmsford has hosted three Women’s T20Is over the last four years. The average score reads 143 as the hosts scored 170 against Pakistan in 2016 and won the game. England Women were victorious in 2015 and 2018 T20Is as well here while chasing targets of 123 and 138 respectively. The venue, in general, is better for batting than what these records suggest. The last week’s Essex-Surrey T20 Blast game witnessed a total of 400 runs scored here from only 30 overs with 31 maximums.
Average 1st inning score: 143 (Women’s T20Is since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Amy Jones (WK), Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Heather Knight (C), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross, Laura Marsh, Sophie Ecclestone.
Bench – Georgia Elwiss, Lauren Winfield, Mady Villiers.
Alyssa Healy (WK), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (C), Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt.
Bench – Nicole Bolton, Tayla Vlaeminck, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham.
Jenny Gunn suffered side strain which made her withdraw from the T20I squad.
Alyssa Healy in last 10 T20I innings:
481 runs at an average of 60.12 and strike rate of 147.54. Healy scored eight 40+ scores including six fifties across those ten innings. However, she had only two fifties in her first 67 T20I innings.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Alyssa Healy, Danielle Wyatt, Meg Lanning, Natalie Sciver, Ashleigh Gardner
Vice-Captain Options – Tammy Beaumont, Megan Schutt, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Molineux, Kate Cross
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy (C)
Batters – Meg Lanning, Tammy Beaumont, Beth Mooney, Danielle Wyatt
All-Rounders – Ashleigh Gardner, Natalie Sciver (C), Katherine Brunt
Bowlers – Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Sophie Ecclestone
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Amy Jones
Batters – Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning, Danielle Wyatt (VC)
All-Rounders – Natalie Sciver, Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner (C)
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross
Due to the presence of the right-handed batters in England’s XI, the Aussie Women might field both the left-arm spinners Jess Jonassen and Sophie Molineux. This could mean both Tayla Vlaeminck and Georgia Wareham on the bench as they failed to pick wickets in this tour.
In the current form, the Australia Women are expected to extend their unbeaten run on England tour.
*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.
- World Cup
- Alyssa Healy
- Danielle Wyatt
- Ellyse Perry
- Jess Jonassen
- Natalie Sciver
- Australia Women
- England Women
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