The third match of the 12th edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will be played between Australia and England on March 5 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. While England have won both their warm-up games, Australia, on the other hand, have had a 50 percent success rate in the two warm-up fixtures.
Head to Head
Australia and England have played 81 ODI matches against each other, out of which, Australia have won 55 and England have won 22. One match ended in a tie and three did not produce a result.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Freya Davies, Charlotte Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Natasha Farrant, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danielle Wyatt
Players to watch out for
The star Australian all-rounder is one of the all time greats in Australian women’s cricket. Her incredible contributions with both bat and ball for more than a decade make her a fit in any world team. She is a solid middle order bat and can bowl with the new ball too. With more than 100 ODIs under her belt, she boasts of a wealth of experience.
The Australian captain will be the leader of the pack. In 2020, she led her team to the World T20 title. Come 2022, she will be eyeing the 50-over World Cup. She was a part of the Australian team that won the 2013 World Cup. With an experience of 88 ODIs and close to 4000 ODI runs, Australia’s batting will revolve around the captain.
The captain of England team is a solid right handed top order batter and more than a handy right arm off spinner. She has featured in 115 ODIs, scored 3250 runs in 110 innings, including 22 half-centuries and two centuries. With the ball, she has 53 ODI wickets in as many innings. She has led England in 60 ODIs so far and has won 40.
She is one of the best batting all-rounders in the world of women’s cricket. With an experience of 80 ODIs under her belt, she will be a player to watch out for in the World Cup. The right-handed middle order batter has scored 2275 runs in 71 innings, including 15 half-centuries and three centuries. With the ball, she has picked up 55 wickets in 70 innings, bowling right arm seam.
To date, 10 women’s ODIs have been played at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Teams batting first have won four matches and teams batting second have won six. The average first innings score is 182 and the average second innings score is 147. The highest total scored is 307 and the lowest is 96. The wicket does not seem to be that easy to bat on and there could be some assistance for the bowlers.
The weather is expected to be cloudy. The average temperature will be around 27 degrees Celsius, with just three percent chance of precipitation and 99 percent cloud cover. The wind will blow from the east.
Fantasy playing XI
Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Natalie Sciver, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King, Anya Shrubsole, Jess Jonassen
Date: March 5, 2022
Time: 6.30am IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Live streaming: Star Sports, Disney + Hotstar
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I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.