England Women might have entered the Women’s Ashes on the back of a 15-match winning streak in International cricket but have lost the ODI series against Australia Women with straight defeats. The pitch in the two matches stayed tricky for batters but England Women didn’t have enough score on the board to defend it. Tammy Beaumont played a lone hand for the hosts with a 115-ball 114 which included 12 fours.
Despite her efforts, England were bowled out for 217 as they lost their last six wickets for only 34 runs. Delissa Kimmince played a role in this collapse taking a 5-wicket haul. The Australian Women weren’t fluent in the chase but Ellyse Perry’s 62 formed the base for their victory. With every match carrying the points in the Women’s Ashes series, England might look at playing Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt who had ankle injuries if fit.
The 3rd and final match of the 3-match Women’s Ashes ODI series between England Women and Australia Women will be hosted by the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (10:00 AM GMT) (3:30 PM IST). The game will be live on Sony Six in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
Last five completed ODI matches:
England Women: L, L, W, W, W.
Australia Women: W, W, W, W, W.
The St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury has hosted only one Women’s ODI game in the last decade. England and South Africa faced off in the ODI series decider last year which was won by the hosts. England Women chased down 229 with seven wickets in hand and six overs to spare. The pitch looked good for batting and the short boundary on one of the squares helps the batters as well. However, a low scoring match could be on the cards given how the track has played in the first two ODIs.
Average 1st inning score: 228 (Women’s ODIs in last ten years)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0 (Only one match has been played in last 10 years at the venue)
Probable Playing XIs:
Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor/Fran Wilson, Heather Knight (C), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt/Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone.
Bench – Lauren Winfield.
Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (WK), Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt.
Bench – Elyse Villani, Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck.
Sarah Taylor missed the previous game due to an ankle niggle. If she is fit, she will return at the expense of Fran Wilson. Katherine Brunt walked off the field but returned soon and bowled few overs.
Since the start of July 2017, Tammy Beaumont amassed 1409 runs in ODI cricket; one of the two Women to score over 1000 ODI runs in this span. The England opener scored those runs across 30 innings with four centuries and six fifties. She got 20 or more runs on 23 occasions and ended up scoring 40+ on 15 instances. Beaumont will be hoping to finish the ODI series with another big knock.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
The all-rounders Ellyse Perry, Natalie Sciver, Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner and Katharine Brunt will be crucial given how the pitches have played in the series. The batters Tammy Beaumont, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy will obviously be crucial.
Other Captain/Vice-Captain Options (in order) – Megan Schutt, Heather Knight, Delissa Kimmince, Anya Shrubsole.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Beth Mooney
Batters – Meg Lanning, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight
All-Rounders – Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry (C), Jess Jonassen
Bowlers – Delissa Kimmince, Laura Marsh, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole (VC)
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Amy Jones, Alyssa Healy (VC)
Batters – Rachael Haynes, Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt
All-Rounders – Natalie Sciver (C), Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole
England might include both Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt if they are match fit given the importance of the match. Australia might not make any change unless Elyse Villani returns from Australia A Women’s team. She could end up taking the place of Nicole Bolton in the XI.
Going by the current form, the Southern Stars look good for a 3-0 win unless England Women bowl first.
*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
- Katherine Brunt
- Sarah Taylor
- Tammy Beaumont
- Australia Women
- England Women
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