Entering the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup with another Ashes victory on their achievement board, the 6 times World Cup Champions are one of the favorites on their race to their 7th title.
With the current top spot holders of all the 3 categories of Women’s OD I- Alyssa Healy with the bat, Jess Jonassen with the ball, and Ellyse Perry as an all-rounder, Meg Lanning led Australia looks to be a very strong team joined by a number of young talents from the country as well who would be looking forward to their maiden ODI World Cup appearance.
Joining the 3 of the world’s best ODI players along with the star batters Lanning, Beth Mooney, Rachael Haynes, all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, bowlers Megan Schutt and Amanda-Jade Wellington, all of whom were a part of the 2017 World Cup where the team saw a major upset in the semi-final against India, are-:
1. Darcie Brown:
2022 Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year award winner, Darcie Brown is a promising pacer in the Australian squad. Making 2021 per year, the 18 years old made her ODI debut against the White Ferns following which she went on to record her career-best spell of 4/33 against India in just her 2nd ODI, a feat she achieved yet again early this month in the 1st ODI of the Ashes (4/34). She also had an impressive WBBL season 7 that included a hat trick playing for Adelaide Strikers against Brisbane Heat.
2. Nicola Carey:
With an experience of 22 ODIs, all-rounder Nicola Carey has accumulated 153 runs at 25.50 and 16 wickets at 32.18 to date. Her crucial knock of 39 not out in September 2021, helped Australia clinch victory in a thriller 2nd ODI of India’s tour to the country while her best spell with the ball has been 3 wickets conceding 19 runs that came back in 2018 against Pakistan. Her second 3 wicket haul came last year against New Zealand where she gave 34 runs.
3. Grace Harris:
All-rounder Grace Harris has been a consistent performer in WBBL and WNCL. She holds the record for the 1st WBBL century that came off 55 balls as well as the fastest century of the league that came off just 42 balls while she scored 64 and 35 along with 1 wicket each in the two matches of WNCL in December 2021. Harris hasn’t played an ODI for the Aussies since 2016 but in the 9 ODI matches till now, has a total of 15 runs and 11 wickets with the best spell of 3/31.
4. Alana King:
An impressive new addition to Australia’s squad Alana King made her international cricket debut in all the 3 formats in a span of just 15 days during the 2021-22 Women’s Ashes, making her the quickest Australian to do so. Playing the 3 ODIs of the big competition, she scored 18 runs in her debut match while taking a wicket each in the next 2 matches, helping Australia retain the Ashes and have a clean sweep ODI victory against England. Last year, she was a part of WBBL|07 winning team Perth Scorchers for whom she took 16 wickets.
5. Tahlia McGrath:
One of the most impressive players lately, all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has begun 2022 on a high note. Being adjudged as the Player of the Series for 2021-22 Ashes, McGrath’s unbeaten knock of 91 off just 49 balls, as well as 3/26 in the 1st T20I of the competition, made her the 1st Australian all-rounder to take 3 wickets and score 75+ runs in the shortest format. In the 3 ODIs, she aggregated 48 runs and took 6 wickets with an unbelievable spell of 3 wickets conceding just 4 runs.
6. Annabel Sutherland:
Another promising talent in the Australian squad, 20 years old Annabel Sutherland made her ODI debut in 2020 against the White Ferns and since then, has played 6 matches accumulating 54 runs at 18.00 and 10 wickets at 17.80 with the best spell of 4/31 that came last Tuesday in a Player of the Match performance in the 3rd Ashes ODI.
7. Heather Graham (Travelling Reserve):
Chosen as a traveling reserve, Heather Graham made her international debut in 2019 in an ODI against Sri Lanka which is the only match she has played to date for the national side. However, has had a great WBBL career completing 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the league last year, and has also been a consistent performer for Australia A lately, taking 5 wickets in T20I against England A with the best of 4/13 as well as 4 wickets in the ODIs against them with the best spell of 3/13.
8. Georgia Redmayne (Travelling Reserve):
The Wicket-keeper batter hasn’t made her international debut yet but has had a great domestic cricket career. The winner of the 2018 Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year award, Redmayne played for Australia A against England A in the matches that went alongside the 2021-22 Women’s Ashes. She made an impressive 50* in the 2nd T20I and took a total of 5 catches as a wicketkeeper along with scoring 33* in the 3rd ODI.
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