The defending champions Australia have announced their 15 member squad and are all set to play the Women’s World T20 in their own back yard which begins on the 21st of Feb 2020 with their first game against India on the opening day itself.
Let us look at the squad :
Australia Women’s Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Who are the players to watch out for who will create that impact in this world cup for Australia?
1. Meg Lanning
At the top of the pile has to be Meg Lanning. Meg has been leading this Australian set up for quite some time now. Her leadership skills have been appreciated by women cricket followers across the globe. She successfully lead Australia to the title last time in the Carribean as well in 2018 and this time with a strong line-up will look to defend the title at home. In 94 T20I matches, Meg has scored 2580 runs at an avg of 36.85 with 2 hundred to her name and 13 fifties.
2. Jessica Jonassen
Left-arm spinner Jessica Jonassen is one of the most crucial links in this bowling line up of Australia. Having picked up 52 wickets in 68 games she is one of the go-to bowlers for the skipper whenever they need to stop the flow of runs.
3. Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy the wicket-keeper batter is one of the most destructive openers in this format and she has been in some outstanding form for a couple of years for the Aussies. In 101 games Alyssa has scored 1809 runs at an average of 25.84 and has a century to her name as well with 9 half-centuries and is a prolific batter to watch out for not just from Australia’s point of view but from the whole tournament’s point of view as well.
4. Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry is the most sought after all-rounders this game has ever seen. Be it any format this player is always in the limelight, be it her batting or bowling, she excels everywhere. Ellyse in 111 games has scored 1101 runs at an avg of 30.58 also picking up 106 wickets making her the most effective player in this line-up and she will surely be the player to watch out for in this tournament.
5. Annabel Sutherland
There is also an addition of 18-year-old allrounder Annabel Sutherland who has been magnificent especially with the ball off late for her domestic team in Victoria. She has been straight away drafted into the squad looking at her performances and it will be interesting to see if she makes the cut in that final 11 of this Champion side.
These are our top 5 picks and this is the look with which Australia will step foot In this tournament. All you Aussie fans out there do comment your views on this Squad and let us know if you feel they will be able to defend their title or no.