Australia women’s team will look to continue the winning momentum when they take on England eves in the second match of the T20I tri-series at Mumbai on Friday. India women’s team is the third team in the tournament. Australia have posted an easy win over Indian women in the first T20I. England are the world champions in ODIs and would target a nothing less than a title win. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the second T20I between Australia and England.
Batting firepower: Australian women’s team boasts of batting firepower that can decimate any opposition on their day. Australian skipper Meg Lanning leads from the front and is easily the best batswoman of the team. Australian opener Beth Mooney cracked 45 in the opening clash against India and would be raring to have a go at England bowlers. Australia also boast of a quality all-rounder in Ellyse Perry who can give the team the edge with her all-round skills.
Complacency: They will face the current ODI World Champions in England. Besides, Australia had lost to England in the league phase of 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup. England went on to win the trophy beating India in the final. Australia would have to be wary of complacency creeping in after an easy win over India in the last clash. They are a strong team, but against England, they must avoid taking them lightly.
Australia squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonasse, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberh, Elyse Villani, Amanda Wellington.
Batting supremacy: In the two practice games against Indian women, England women’s team dictated terms by piling runs. They posted 210 and 176 in the two practice games against India. Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver are the in-form batswomen for England and they would look to repeat their heroics in the clash against Australia.
Records against Australia: England women’s team does not enjoy much success against Australia eves in limited-overs cricket. England women have just 31.25 percent success rate against Australia eves in ODIs. But in T20Is, England have the edge over Australia, enjoying a success percentage of 58.92. But overall, Australia have the edge over England in limited-overs cricket.
England squad: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt.
Prediction: Australia would start favourites in this clash as they have a great record over England in limited-overs cricket.
Possible winner: Australia