Head-to-Head: Australia v England
It’s a big Sunday at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch as the oldest cricket rivals Australia and England will compete for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Title. The 6 times champions Australia will be up against the defending champions England who will be eyeing their 5th ODI World Cup title in what is said to be a thriller starting 6:30 AM (IST) onwards on April 3, 2022.
ODIs Played between Australia & England: 82 (18 in the World Cup)
Australia: 56 (12 in the World Cup)
England: 22 (4 in the World Cup)
Tied: 1 (World Cup)
No Result: 3 (1 in the World Cup)
The cricket rivalry between Australia and England is well known from one of the biggest cricket competitions ‘The Ashes’. Australia got hold of the 2021-22 Ashes trophy, retaining it for the 4th consecutive edition. On the other England, who came into the 2022 World Cup after an Ashes defeat and began their campaign with three consecutive defeats (against Australia, West Indies & South Africa) has fought back stronger as they stand among the top 2 teams of women’s cricket.
To date, both the teams have played 82 ODIs against each other, out of which 18 are in the World Cup itself which includes 3 knockout matches (1 Semi-Final & 2 Finals).
All 3 of their knockout meetings have been won by Australia:
Finals, 1982 Women’s World Cup (February 7)
Meeting in the Finals of a Women’s ODI World Cup for the first time, Australia restricted England to 151/5 in their 60 overs after a sensational performance by the bowlers with Marie Cornish bowling 6 maidens out of her 12 overs conceding 17 runs taking a wicket. For England, Jan Allen was the top scorer with 53. Though the English bowlers tried their best to defend the total taking 7 wickets, Australia chased down the target with an over to spare.
Finals, 1988 Women’s World Cup (December 18)
In a low-scoring game, England chose to bat after winning the toss but managed to put up just 127/7 in their 60 overs, Janette Brittin being the lone fighter for them with her unbeaten 46. With the ball, Australia’s Lyn Fullston got 3 wickets giving 29 runs (3 maidens) while Lyn Larsen got 2 and it was 1 for Zoe Goss. It was an easy chase for the Aussies, led by a great unbeaten partnership between Lindsay Reeler (59*) and Denise Annetts (48*) that gave them 8 wickets win with 91 balls to spare.
1st Semi-Final, 2005 Women’s World Cup (April 5)
A complete team performance from Australia gave them 5 wickets win over England in the 1st Semi-Final of the 2005 World Cup. England was bowled out for 158 after a brilliant display by strong Aussies bowling attack with Cathryn Fitzpatrick leading the bowling attack with her 3-wicket haul conceding 27 runs in her 10 overs. Following the performance by the bowlers, then Australian Skipper Belinda Clark went on to score 62 (105) balls guiding her team to a comfortable place in the Finals. Clark was adjudged as the Player of the Match.
In the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, Australia defeated England in a high-scoring thriller.
Match No. 5 Summary:
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Toss: England who chose to Field First
Result: Australia won by 12 runs
Player of the Match: Rachael Haynes (AUS): 130 (131)
Played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, opener Haynes’ 130 (131) alongside skipper Meg Lanning’s 86 (110) took Australia from being a wicket down at 35 to 231 for 2 when Lanning was caught by Tammy Beaumont off Katherine Brunt’s bowling. Haynes went on play a 60 runs partnership with Beth Mooney before getting caught by Danni Wyatt off Nat Sciver’s delivery. Mooney was joined by Ellyse Perry both of them smashed all across the ground playing a knock of 27*(19) and 14* (5) respectively taking Australia’s total to 310 with the loss of 3 wickets.
Coming in to chase a huge target, the English batters tried their level best with Nat Sciver smashing an unbeaten 85 balls 109 getting support from Tammy Beaumont (74 off 82) and Skipper Heather Knight (40 off 51) earlier in the innings but with wickets falling at the other end thereafter. England fell 13 runs short of the target, finishing at 298/8 with Alana King taking a 3-wicket haul for the Aussies.
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