The ODI segment of the enthralling Australia vs West Indies series is all set to commence on the 8th of October. The T20I segment of the series was one of the best ever played in the recent past. The series had everything in it; Runs, Wickets, Stunning Catches, a Hundred, a player scoring 99 runs, several records broken.
West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews genuinely almost carried her team to a series win against the World Champions, but in some way was completely let down by her teammates. But now the focus shifts towards the 50-overs series. This series is going to be very crucial for both teams, in a bid to directly qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2025. In the ICC Women’s Championship, Australia is currently ranked at the 6th place while West Indies is at the 9th place.
The top 5 teams and the hosts India will directly qualify for the mega event, while the last 4 teams and the 2 best-ranked teams as per the ICC ODI Rankings will need to play the qualifiers to qualify for the event. Currently, India is in the top position, if they manage to finish in the top 5 by the end of this championship, then the 6th ranked team will qualify as India has automatically qualified thanks to them being the hosts.
As things stand, Australia is in a comfortable position to qualify, but one would expect more from this world-class squad. Australia being at 6th rank is more due to the fact that they have played just 6 games, compared to Sri Lanka’s 15 and Pakistan and New Zealand’s 12. The Australian side is currently the only team to be unbeaten, having won 5 of their 6 games, while one game was declared as no-result.
On the other hand, the West Indies side has played a total of 9 games, winning just 3 and losing 5, even one of their game was declared as a no-result.
Currently, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Australia are in the safe zone, but the scenario could be quite different come the end of the tournament. The onus will be on the sides like England and West Indies to climb the ladder.
Last updated on 01 Oct.
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