The match between Governor-General XI and Pakistan Women will be played on January 13 at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, ahead of the CommBank ODI Series between Australia and Pakistan. The game will begin at 5.35 AM IST (10.05 AM LOCAL).
Inspired by the annual Prime Minister’s XI game, the Governor-General’s XI match is an excellent opportunity for young Australian cricketers to rub shoulders with the senior pros and take on a touring side. It will be the first time since the pandemic that such an encounter will be played.
Governor-General’s XI: Able Seaman Charlee Masters, Ashleigh Gardner (c), Erin Burns, Nicole Faltum, Nicola Hancock, Ellie Johnston, Charli Knott, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (c), Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk)
Players to Watch
The swashbuckling all-rounder will captain the Governor-General’s XI. She is an attacking right-handed middle-order batter and a right-arm off-spinner. She has featured in 49 ODIs for Australia and muscled 667 runs, including four half-centuries. She has also claimed 53 ODI wickets.
The wily right-arm leg-spinner of Australia will feature for Governor-General’s XI. She has been a part of the Australian setup for quite some time. In 14 ODIs, she has accounted for 18 wickets. She is an economical bowler and has an uncanny ability to break crucial partnerships.
The captain of Pakistan is one of the prolific batters in the side. The left-handed top-order batter has registered more than 3000 ODI runs in 121 matches. She can also roll her arm over to bowl a bit of leg-spin and has 44 ODI wickets, including a four-fer in her kitty.
She is arguably the best all-rounder in the Pakistan team. A right-handed middle-order batter and a right-arm off-spinner, she has a wealth of international experience. She has accumulated 1423 runs and bagged 89 wickets in 96 ODIs. She has been a vital cog of the team.
The venue has hosted 16 women’s ODIs, the last being played in October 2020. Out of the 16 games played here, the teams batting first have won eight, the teams batting second have won seven, and one was abandoned. The highest total scored is 325, and the lowest is 93. Expect a fresh deck and batting-friendly conditions. A high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be pleasant and less humid, with sunshine and a few clouds. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 30 degrees Celsius. There will be a 22 percent cloud cover and a one percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the east-southeast.
Ashleigh Gardner to lead Governor-General’s XI in a 50-over fixture vs PAK
Able Seaman Charlee Masters
A Gardner (C)
Amanda-Jade Wellington pic.twitter.com/rMv4mq3vNs
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) January 12, 2023
Fantasy Playing XI
Muneeba Ali, Tahlia Wilson, Aliya Riaz, Phoebe Litchfield, Sidra Ameen, Ashleigh Gardner, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ghulam Fatima, Heather Graham
Date: January 13, 2023
Time: 5.35 AM IST (10.05 AM LOCAL)
Venue: Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Live streaming: Fox Cricket (Australia)
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