England v South Africa – 3rd women’s T20I by the numbers

3rd T20I – England v South Africa
County Ground, Derby, 25 Jul 2022
England 176/6 (20.0) beat South Africa 138/6 (20.0) by 38 runs
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176 – Reflecting their aggressive approach, in which batters were concerned with keeping up the run-rate rather than preserving their wickets, England scored the highest women’s T20I total not to feature a half-century:

  • 176/6 England v South Africa, 2022 (HS Ecclestone 33*)
  • 170/3 England v Pakistan, 2019 (HS Knight 43)
  • 168/8 India v Sri Lanka, 2018 (HS Bhatia 46)
  • 166/7 England v New Zealand, 2012 (HS Marsh 48)

This was also the highest total in the format not to include a fifty partnership, beating England’s own 172/8 against New Zealand at Taunton in 2018.

5 – This team effort with the bat was the fourth instance of five players scoring 20+ runs in the same women’s T20I innings.

275 – Sophie Ecclestone’s spectacular 33* off 12 balls was the seventh highest strike score of 30+ runs in a women’s T20I.

33 & 2/24 – Ecclestone was the second woman to both take two wickets and score 30+ runs when batting at #8 or lower in the same T20I:

  • 34* & 2-29 Dane van Niekerk (SA) v NZ, 2012
  • 33* & 2-24 Sophie Ecclestone (ENG) v SA, 2022

2 – Freya Kemp’s figures (3-0-18-2) were the best by an English women’s seamer on T20I debut since fellow left-armer Tash Farrant took 4-0-15-2 against Pakistan in 2013.

3 – Nonkululeko Mlaba’s figures were the second best by a South African woman in T20Is against England, and the first time that a South African spinner had taken three wickets in a women’s T20I against England:

  • 3-13 Ayabonga Khaka, 1st T20I 2022 (RM)
  • 3-22 Nonkululeko Mlaba, 3rd T20I 2022 (SLA)
  • 3-25 Ashlyn Kilowan, 2009 (LM)
  • 3-25 Ayabonga Khaka, 2020 (RM)
  • 3-27 Shabnim Ismail, 2016 (RF)

59 – Tazmin Brits’ innings was her fourth T20I half-century and her first against England.

371 – Natalie Sciver’s runs were the second most scored in a women’s multi-format series, just seven short of Ellyse Perry’s record tally during the 2019 Ashes. Despite having to leave the tour for family reasons before the T20Is, Marizanne Kapp finished with the sixth highest multi-format series aggregate:

  • 378 Ellyse Perry (AUS) v ENG 2019 (8 innings)
  • 371 Natalie Sciver (ENG) v SA, 2022 (6 innings)
  • 359 Meg Lanning (AUS) v ENG 2019 (8 innings)
  • 352 Smriti Mandhana (IND) v AUS 2021 (8 innings)
  • 351 Ellyse Perry (AUS) v ENG 2017 (7 innings)
  • 340 Marizanne Kapp (SA) v ENG 2022 (5 innings)

425 – The series featured the most boundaries (402×4, 23×6) of any multi-format series, beating the 377 struck during the Ashes in 2017 (345×4, 32×6).

0 – This was the first instance of South Africa women being whitewashed in a three-match T20I series since their tour of England in Sep 2014.

6 – England were the first team to win six out of seven matches in a women’s multi-format series. Their twelve point margin of victory was the widest in the nine multi-format series that have been played worldwide:

  • ENG 12-4 AUS in England,2013
  • ENG 10-8 AUS in Australia, 2014
  • AUS 10-6 ENG in England, 2015
  • AUS 8-8 ENG in Australia, 2017 (AUS retained the trophy)
  • AUS 12-4 ENG in England, 2019
  • ENG 10-6 IND in England, 2021
  • AUS 11-5 IND in Australia, 2021
  • AUS 12-4 ENG in Australia, 2022
  • ENG 14-2 SA in England, 2022

Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru.

England v South Africa – 2nd women’s T20I by the numbers

2nd T20I – England v South Africa
New Road, Worcester, 23 Jul 2022
England 151/4 (19.0) beat South Africa 148/6 (20.0) by wickets
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1 – This was the first women’s T20I match played at New Road, Worcester. The ground has previously hosted nine women’s Tests and seven women’s ODIs, making it the ninth English ground to stage at least one match in all three women’s international formats.

148 – South Africa’s total was their second highest in T20Is against England women.

149 – England’s victory saw them complete their seventh highest successful T20I chase, and their third highest on home soil:

  • 164 v Australia at The Oval, 2009
  • 154 v India at Chelmsford, 2021
  • 149 v South Africa at Worcester, 2022

102 – Anneke Bosch and Lara Goodall’s partnership was South Africa women’s highest opening stand in T20Is against England, beating Trisha Chetty and Dane van Niekerk’s 96 at Paarl in Feb 2016.

17 – At 17 years 346 days, Alice Capsey was England women’s youngest debutant since Sophie Ecclestone played her first T20I, aged 17y 58d against Pakistan at Bristol in Jul 2016.

37 – By contrast, Katherine Brunt (37y 21d) was the oldest player to represent England women since Clare Taylor earned the last of her ODI caps, at the age of 40y 100d, against Australia at Taunton in 2005 (a match in which both Brunt and current England coach Lisa Keightley both played).

10 – When Brunt made her England debut, in a Test against New Zealand at Scarborough on 21 Aug 2004, Capsey was just 10 days old.

103 – Brunt’s innings (4-0-24-1) saw her become England women’s outright highest wicket taker in T20Is, overtaking Anya Shrubsole. Brunt is now the fifth highest wicket taker in the format overall.

2,000 – Player of the match, Danni Wyatt became the third English woman to bring up 2,000 career runs in T20Is (the others are Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor). Wyatt’s returns in the second half of her career have been a stark turnaround from her early years, when she seemed at risk of being an unfulfilled talent.

Since the start of the 2017 Ashes, in which time she has largely played as an opener (55 of 56 innings), Wyatt has scored 1,517 runs in T20Is at an average of 28.62 and a strike rate of 132.48, making all eleven of her 50+ scores in the format (2×100, 9×50). Only Beth Mooney and Smriti Mandhana have scored more runs in this time period.

Those numbers are a marked improvement on the years between 2010-16, when Wyatt was played in every batting position from opener to #8, and scored just 488 runs in 49 innings at an average of 11.90 and a strike rate of 104.72.

131.98 – Wyatt’s 39 off 24 balls, that got England off to a quick start in pursuit of their target, exemplified one of her great strengths. Among women to have scored 500 or more runs, Wyatt has the highest career strike rate in T20I run chases:

  • 131.98 Danni Wyatt (ENG)
  • 130.41 Sophie Devine (NZ)
  • 124.86 Alyssa Healy (AUS)

5 – This is the first time South Africa women have lost five consecutive matches in all formats since Feb 2013.


Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru.

England v South Africa – 1st women’s T20I by the numbers

1st T20I – England v South Africa
County Ground, Chelmsford, 21 Jul 2022
England 114/4 (15.0) beat South Africa 111/9 (20.0) by 6 wickets
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10 – England’s victory gave them an unassailable points lead in the multi-format series. This was England’s fourth series win in the eight multi-format contests they have played:

  • ENG 12-4 AUS in England, 2013
  • ENG 10-8 AUS in Australia, 2014
  • AUS 10-6 ENG in England, 2015
  • AUS 8-8 ENG in Australia, 2017
  • AUS 12-4 ENG in England, 2019
  • ENG 10-6 IND in England, 2021
  • AUS 12-4 ENG in Australia, 2022
  • ENG 10-2* SA in England, 2022

*in progress

4 – Almost seventeen years since making her debut in the format (in the second ever women’s T20I, against Australia at Taunton in 2005), player of the match Katherine Brunt took her first T20I four-fer (4-0-15-4).

Brunt’s figures were also the first four-wicket haul taken in women’s T20Is at Chelmsford.

11 – England have won eleven of the twelve T20Is they have played at the County Ground, the most by any team in women’s T20Is at a single venue.

7 – Brunt’s second wicket saw her become the seventh woman to take 100 wickets in T20Is. Brunt is the only woman to have achieved all three career landmarks of fifty wickets in Test cricket, one hundred wickets in ODIs, and one hundred wickets in T20Is.

102 – Brunt finished the game as England women’s joint highest wicket taker in T20Is, alongside Anya Shrubsole.

3 – The wickets of Lara Goodall, Anneke Bosch and Suné Luus made this the first T20I in which England women had dismissed all the of opposition top three bowled.

1 – Sophia Dunkley opened the batting for the first time in her international career, with captain Heather Knight quoted pre-match as seeking “ultra-aggression” during the powerplay.

42 – Dunkley answered that call with aplomb. Her runs in the first six overs were the second most recorded* by an English woman during a T20I powerplay:

  • 50* (24) Danni Wyatt v IND, Mumbai, 2018
  • 42* (23) Sophia Dunkley v SA, Chelmsford, 2022
  • 38* (21) Tammy Beaumont v SA, Taunton, 2018

*ball by ball data is unavailable for some early matches in the format.

59 – Dunkley then went on to make her first T20I half-century, becoming the first English woman to score a half-century in their maiden T20I innings as an opener.

The previous highest score by an English woman when opening the batting in the format for the first time, was Charlotte Edwards’ 34 in the first T20 International match, against New Zealand at Hove in 2004.

3 – Dunkley’s powerful display was the fifth instance of an England opener hitting three sixes in a women’s T20I:

  • Danni Wyatt 5×6 v IND, 2018
  • Tammy Beaumont 4×6 v SA, 2018
  • Amy Jones 3×6 v PAK, 2019
  • Danni Wyatt 3×6 v AUS, 2022
  • Sophia Dunkley 3×6 v SA, 2022

55 – Laura Wolvaardt’s innings was her joint highest score in T20Is, and her first half-century in the format against England.

111 – However, Wolvaardt’s lack of support with the bat from her team-mates saw South Africa post the fourth lowest women’s T20I total in which all eleven players had batted, and at least one player had scored a half-century:

  • 85 South Africa (Du Preez 50) v Bangladesh, Mirpur, 2012
  • 95/9 India (Raj 57) v England, Sylhet, 2014
  • 97 West Indies (Dottin 52) v South Africa, Paarl, 2009
  • 111/9 South Africa (Wolvaardt 55) v England, Chelmsford, 2022

3 – Ayabonga Khaka’s figures (4-0-13-3) were the best by a South African woman in T20Is against England, and her her best analysis against any team since May 2018.

4 – Having already been whitewashed in the ODIs, this was the first time that South Africa women had lost four consecutive matches in all formats since their previous tour of England in 2018.


Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru.