ICC Women’s Championship standings
- New Zealand’s 4 wicket victory at Grace Road ended a run of five consecutive ODI losses, and nine losses in all formats, vs England.
- 220 was the second highest target New Zealand have successfully chased in an ODI vs England.
- Sophie Devine is the sixth White Ferns batter to make an ODI century vs England, and the 3rd woman overall to make five ODI centuries for New Zealand.
- Until this summer, it had been three years since any woman had made a century vs England in an ODI. Lizelle Lee’s 117 at Hove on 12th June, and Devine’s 117* today are the two highest scores in women’s ODI chases vs England.
- This was Devine’s first century vs England and her first against any side in an ODI chase.
- Devine’s six to finish the chase meant she finished the series as top runscorer (164 runs), just pipping Amy Jones (161), and exactly 100 runs clear of New Zealand’s next best (Maddy Green).
- New Zealand’s next highest individual score in the series was Devine’s 33 in the 1st ODI.
- Devine, who averaged 16.61 in 19 ODI inning vs England before this series, was the only White Ferns batter to make a score over 30 in the series.
- In ten ODI innings since the World Cup, Devine has 700 runs at an average of 87.50 and a SR of 106.87, with four centuries and three fifties.
- Devine had one century in 73 innings up until the end of the 2017 World Cup.
- Devine has 142 more runs than her closest challenger since the World Cup (England’s Tammy Beaumont on 558).
- Beaumont and Devine’s runs at Grace Road made them the 6th and 7th women respectively, to bring up 1,000 ICC Women’s Championship career runs.
- Suzie Bates’ 53 runs were her worst returns in a three match ODI series, and her third worst for a series of any length.
- Devine and Satterthwaite’s 54 run partnership was New Zealand’s only fifty partnership for the 3rd wicket or lower in this series, and their only 50+ stand for the 4th wicket or lower in either ODIs or T20Is in England this summer.
- Leigh Kasperek’s 5-39 were New Zealand’s second best ODI figures vs England women, and the eighth 5+ wicket haul taken by any woman against England in ODIs. The last was Beth McNeill’s 6-32 for New Zealand at Lincoln on February 2008.
- Kasperek is the leading wicket taker in women’s ODIs since the World Cup (24), followed by England’s Sophie Ecclestone (20).
- 104 at Grace Road today, to go with their 111 partnership in the 1st ODI at Headingley, made Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones the first English opening pair to record two century stands in a bilateral women’s ODI series.
- Beaumont & Jones are in fact, just the sixth English opening pair to share two century stands in their ODI careers
|Atkins & SJ Taylor||19||1||1239||268||68.83||4||5|
|Bakewell & Thomas||5||0||521||246||104.20||2||2|
|Plimmer & Watson||5||0||344||129||68.80||2||1|
|Hodges & Watson||6||1||440||163||88.00||2||2|
|Beaumont & Jones||7||0||393||111||56.14||2||1|
|Edwards & Newton||32||0||1127||142||35.22||2||5|
- Beaumont’s 628 runs (212 in the ODIs vs South Africa, 256 in the T20I tri-series and 160 in the ODIs vs NZ) broke Jan Brittin’s record for the most women’s international runs in an English summer (Brittin scored 338 Test & 258 ODI runs vs New Zealand in 1984).
- Beaumont has been a part of England’s last seven century partnerships for all wickets in ODIs, and 10 of the 13 England have made since she was recalled in June 2016.
- England’s collapse of 5-31 from 188/5 to 219 all out, was their worst for the last 5 wickets in an ODI since they lost 5-30 in their loss to India on the opening day of the 2017 World Cup.
2017-21 ICC Women’s Championship stats
Record win for England
- England’s 290/5 was their record total vs New Zealand and the second highest total by any women’s ODI side against the White Ferns, behind Australia’s 307/4 at Hamilton in 2009.
- Similarly, England’s 142 run margin of victory was their widest vs New Zealand and the second widest margin by any side vs NZ, behind India’s crushing 186 run win, during what was a virtual quarter-final at Derby in the 2017 World Cup.
- 290/5 was England’s 7th highest total in a home ODI. England have made seven of their top ten in the 16 home ODIs they’ve played since Mark Robinson became coach.
Jones finding her footing as an ODI opener
- Amy Jones & Tammy Beaumont’s 111 run 1st wicket partnership was England’s first century opening stand since Beaumont & Lauren Winfield made 235 vs Pakistan on 22nd June 2016.
- Jones was the 25th woman to make an ODI half-century opening the batting for England, and the first ‘new’ name to do so since Lauren Winfield vs Pakistan at Worcester on 22nd June 2016.
Will Heather Knight become England’s captain fantastic?
- Heather Knight’s 63 made her the 2nd woman to score over 1,000 runs as England captain. The first of course, was Charlotte Edwards (on a still somewhat distant 3,523).
- Knight has 1,046 runs at an average of 47.54 and SR of 78.88 in 29 innings since becoming England captain in June 2016.
- Knight had 1,254 at 31.35 and a SR of 63.17 in 51 innings before taking up the mantle.
- Knight currently has the 2nd highest batting average of any England women’s ODI captain, behind only Rachel Heyhoe-Flint (who batted just eight times in ODIs as England skipper).
Brunt, the genuine all-rounder bolsters England’s middle order
- Katherine Brunt has scored 340 of her 716 ODI runs since the start of the 2017 World Cup (14 innings), including her first two half-centuries.
- Since the start of the 2017 World Cup, Brunt has been involved in five half-century stands and seven more partnerships of 25-49 runs.
- 9 of those 25+ stands have been completed at over 5.00 runs per over. Only Tammy Beaumont (13) and Heather Knight (11) have been involved in more 25+ run, 5.00+ rpo partnerships for England since the start of the World Cup.
- In 44 ODI innings prior to WWC17, Brunt averaged 11.75, had a high score of 31, and had been involved in two half-century stands & eight of 25-49 runs.
Marsh exemplifies surfeit of spin options
- Mark Robinson’s reign has been rightly noted for the rejuvenation of several batters careers, but it’s also seen a turnaround in fortunes for a number of bowlers.
- Laura Marsh’s 3-24 make her England’s 4th highest wicket taker (31) in the Robinson-era, behind Brunt, Alex Hartley (both 34) and Anya Shrubsole (33).
- Marsh has been England’s second most economical bowler (3.77 rpo) since Robinson took charge, only beaten by Beth Langston (who has bowled just 4 times in that period).
- In the two years prior to the start of Robinson’s reign, Marsh took just 6 wickets in 11 innings, at 56.00 and an ER of 4.66 rpo.
- Marsh (31 wickets at 23.48; ER 3.77 rpo) is just one of a wealth of English spinners to have prospered in this period, along with Alex Hartley (34 wickets at 23.47; ER 4.07 rpo), Danielle Hazell (24 wickets; ave 21.75; ER 3.94) and Sophie Ecclestone (18 wickets; ave 20.16; ER 3.78). Not to mention the seemingly reluctant, though more than useful, Heather Knight (25 wickets; ave 23.52; ER 4.26).
Hints England might prosper in a post-Brunt (the bowler) future
- England’s bowlers were credited with all ten wickets (i.e. there were no run outs, etc) for the first time since the 4th ODI vs Sri Lanka, at Colombo in November 2016.
- Six of those wickets fell to pace bowlers (including a maiden ODI wicket for Katie George), yet Katherine Brunt wasn’t among them, making this the first home ODI for England since 26th July 2015 in which neither Brunt or Shrubsole have taken a wicket.
- Natalie Sciver’s 3-18 were her 2nd best ODI figures, and ended a run of six consecutive ODIs without a wicket.
Wunderkind, Amelia Kerr has the record books at her mercy
- Amelia Kerr has taken at least one wicket in all eight ODIs she’s played since the World Cup, and is unsurprisingly the highest wicket taker (18) in that time.
- At 17 years of age, Kerr is already among New Zealand’s 20 highest ODI wicket takers (currently 19th). The only other bowler to have as many wickets (38) for the White Ferns at this stage of her career (21 innings), was Leigh Kasperek.
- With 2-36 at Headingley, Kerr broke Shahid Afridi’s overall ODI record for most wickets taken before a bowlers’ 18th birthday (37). Kerr had already broken the women’s record of 27 in March.
New Zealand continue to open with a bang…
- Suzie Bates & Sophie Devine’s 70 run opening partnership was their fifth 50+ stand in 6 innings for New Zealand since the World Cup.
- Bates and Devine now have over 1,000 runs as an ODI partnership for all wickets.
- New Zealand have had the strongest opening partnership, both in terms of average (69.42) and run rate (5.43 rpo) in this edition of the ICC women’s Championship.
… but fizzle out with a whimper
- On the other hand, their 3rd wicket partnership has been the worst in the competition (average 18.50), and only Sri Lanka average less for the 2nd-10th wickets combined than the current collapse-prone New Zealand lineup
- New Zealand’s tendency to collapse pre-dates this World Cup cycle.
- Their previous ODI vs England (at Derby during the 2017 World Cup) saw them lose 7/81 having made it to 89/1.
- One match later, the White Ferns were bowled out for 79 by India in a must-win virtual quarter-final.
- Three ODIs after that, they lost 6/68 in a first ever defeat to Pakistan, at Sharjah in November.
- Their next ODI after that, saw them slump from 199/2 to 251/9 vs the West Indies in March. New Zealand went on to win that game by 1 run, thanks to a meandering West Indies chase, but it was another sign of the brittleness of their middle-lower order, exemplified by their crashing from 70/0 to 148 all out at Headingley on Saturday.
Satterthwaite needs to fire if New Zealand are to compete with the top sides
- The last time New Zealand beat another member of women’s cricket’s ‘big four’ (a group which includes themselves, Australia, England and India) was in chasing down 276 vs Australia on 26th February 2017.
- On that day, Bates and Rachel Priest put on 58 for the 1st wicket before Amy Satterthwaite came in and played a brilliant 102* to see New Zealand home.
- That was the last of Satterhtwaite’s record four centuries in a row and the last time any White Fern has reached three figures against one of the big four.
- Since making 78* vs Sri Lanka on the opening day of the World Cup, Satterthwaite has brought up fifty just twice in 14 ODI innings. Once vs West Indies and once vs Ireland.
Should the White Ferns put their faith in a Priest ahead of the World T20?
- While Bates & Devine’s opening partnership has been extraordinarily successful, New Zealand have essentially improved an area in which they were already strong, without noticeably rectifying issues elsewhere.
- Bates & Rachel Priest were the most prolific opening pair during the last World Cup cycle, scoring 1,582 runs at 49.43, with six century stands and seven fifties.
- Priest’s form had been on the slide in both formats when she was dropped, but since her last international appearance she’s been the lead runscorer in last year’s KSL(261 runs), had her beast WBBL season (264 runs), and has just finished as 2nd highest runscorer in the Women’s County T20 (276 runs, albeit in Division 2).
The overall ODI record between these sides (ENG wins 32; NZ wins 33; 1 tie) suggests a tight contest, but on closer inspection the rivalry has been characterised by extended periods of dominance from one side or the other.
In their first twenty years of ODI cricket, beginning with their a meeting at the 1973 World Cup, England and New Zealand played 11 times. England won eight of those games, and New Zealand just two, with one match ending as a tie.
From July 1993 – August 2007, New Zealand won 26 and lost six, a run that ended with the White Ferns’ only bilateral series win in England.
In recent times, England have been similarly dominant in ODIs vs New Zealand as they have been in T20Is. Since that series loss in 2007, England have won 18 and lost five, including winning ten of the last twelve meetings. England have come out on top in all five World Cup meetings between the sides during that period.
England have won six of the previous ten bilateral series, including the last four in a row (though New Zealand did win two of the three ICC Women’s Championship designated fixtures in their most recent five-match series)
ENG 3-0 NZ, 1984 in England
NZ 3-0 ENG, 1996 in England
NZ 5-0 ENG, 2000 in New Zealand
NZ 3-0 ENG, 2000 in New Zealand
ENG 3-2 NZ, 2004 in England
NZ 3-2 ENG, 2007 in England
ENG 3-1 NZ, 2008 in New Zealand
ENG 3-2 NZ, 2010 in England
ENG 3-0 NZ, 2012 in New Zealand
ENG 3-2 NZ, 2015 in New Zealand (NZ won the ICCWC fixtures 2-1)
England‘s current ICCWC campaign began with the Ashes ODIs in October (lost 2-1). An experimental side then lost a non-Championship series in India 2-1, before England began their summer with a 2-1 ICCWC victory over South Africa last month.
Starting with their opening day loss to India at the World Cup, England have begun their last four ODI series or tournaments with a loss.
New Zealand top the table but have shown signs of vulnerability. At Sharjah on 5th November, they lost for the first time to Pakistan, after Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite were all dismissed in single figures.
A whitewash of the West Indies in both formats at home in March was more convincing but there were still concerns. Bates Devine & Satterthwaite were the only players to make fifties and were a familiar sight as New Zealand’s top three runscorers in the series.
In truth, in both ODIs and T20Is, the West Indies let slip chances of victory that teams such as England or Australia probably wouldn’t have in the same situation. Specifically, the 1st ODI (lost by 1 run) and the 1st and 3rd T20Is (lost by 8 & 1 runs respectively).
New Zealand’s astonishing exploits in Ireland last month are well documented but it’s hard to see them having much of a bearing on this series.
Just as Bates & Devine have dominated New Zealand’s scoring in T20I cricket since the World Cup, the same is true in ODIs.
Devine (428) and Bates (307) have scored 58.8% of the runs score by New Zealand’s batters in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship.
Sophie Devine is the top runscorer in this edition of the ICC women’s Championship (428 runs). When she followed up her 103 with 62 vs Pakistan at h in Oct/Nov, it was the first time she had made 50+ scores in consecutive ODI innings. In all since the World Cup, Devine has three centuries and three fifties in seven innings and begins this series on a run of four 50+ scores in a row.
Since moving to the top of the order after the World Cup, Devine has shared one century stand & three fifties in five innings with Suzie Bates at an average of 80.00. Having reached the milestone of 1,000 runs as a T20I partnership during the tri-series, Bates and Devine need 37 runs together in this series to bring up 1,000 as an ODI partnership.
While Devine begins the series on a run of four consecutive 50+ ODI scores, Suzie Bates is currently on a run of three in a row.
Bates (average 52.20) is one of just two women with 1,000+ runs as an ODI opener at an average over 50. The other is Debbie Hockley (54.54), whose New Zealand ODI runs record Bates recently surpassed.
Bates also comes into the series on a run of excellent domestic List A form in England. Her 358 runs for champions Hampshire were the most scored in the 2018 County Championship. This was the second year in succession that Bates finished as top runscorer in the competition.
While Bates has been the best opener of her generation and Devine is in the form of her life, neither have particularly strong ODI record vs England.
Spinners Leigh Kasperek and Ameila Kerr each have 16 wickets since the World Cup, making them the equal 3rd highest ODI wicket takers in that time.
In just 20 matches, Kerr already has the 2nd most 4+ wicket hauls for New Zealand (4), behind only Aimee Watkins (5 from 103 matches)
Lea Tahuhu may be one of the fastest bowlers in the World but that doesn’t seem to have aided her vs England. Tahuhu has played 10 times vs England, making them her 2nd most frequent ODI opponent behind Australia (12). She has just 4 wickets at 76.75 to show for it, an average more than double that against any other opponent.
After centuries in the 2nd & 3rd ODIs vs South Africa, Tammy Beaumont has a chance to become the second woman to make three consecutive ODI hundreds. Amy Satterthwaite, currently the only woman to do so, went on to make four in a row.
Since Beaumont was recalled in June 2016, only Lizelle Lee (1,591) has score more ODI runs than her (1,419). Lee has played 14 more innings in that time.
Beaumont is one of only two women with 3+ ODI hundreds to have a conversion rate of 50%. The other is Meg Lanning.
Best women’s ODI conversion rate (3+ centuries)
|MM Lanning (AUS)||66||66||11||11||50.00|
|TT Beaumont (ENG)||53||46||5||5||50.00|
|JA Brittin (ENG)||63||59||5||8||38.46|
|SW Bates (NZ)||112||106||10||24||29.41|
|SJ Taylor (ENG)||116||109||7||19||26.92|
|SFM Devine (NZ)||93||80||4||11||26.67|
|SC Taylor (ENG)||126||120||8||23||25.81|
|AE Satterthwaite (NZ)||110||104||6||18||25.00|
|NE Bolton (AUS)||44||44||4||12||25.00|
England’s star bowler since the World Cup has been player of the tri-series Sophie Ecclestone. In ODIs since the World Cup he has 14 wickets at 20.14 and an ER of 3.81.When Beaumont made her 105 at Canterbury v South Africa she became the 2nd fastest woman to make 5 ODI centuries (46 innings) behind only Lanning (35) and the first woman to make three international centuries in an English home season.
Though she missed selection at the start of the summer, no-one has taken more ODI wickets for England during the Mark Robinson-era than recalled Alex Hartley (34).
Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt look back to their best this summer, though Brunt in has a surprisingly poor ODI record vs New Zealand. Brunt averages 41.21 vs NZ, and hasn’t taken a wicket against them in her last four ODIs. She averages 30 or less against all other opponents.
On the other hand, Jenny Gunn has the 5th most ODI wickets vs New Zealand (41), and is the highest ranked active player, and highest ranked non-Australian (who tend to play more matches vs NZ) on the list. 30.37% of Gunn’s ODI wickets have been taken vs NZ.
With most of their bowlers in good form, perhaps England’s most pressing concern is who should be Beaumont’s long-term partner at the top of the order in ODIs. Amy Jones has looked good for as long as her innings have lasted, but needs to make a telling contribution soon, with Danni Wyatt and Lauren Winfield the other options.
Landmarks to look out for
The first match of the series is set to be Sarah Taylor’s 109th as designated wicket keeper, which will break the women’s ODI record currently held by her predecessor as England keeper, Jane Smit.
Having become the first woman to take 50 T20I stumpings during the tri-series, Taylor (currently on 48) is nearing the ODI record currently held by Anju Jain (51).
Taylor (3,911) also needs 89 runs to become the 9th woman to score 4,000 ODI runs.
If she can score 129 runs in this series, Beaumont, who led the scoring in both the ODIs vs South Africa (212) and the T20I tri-series (256), will break Jan Brittin’s record for most women’s international runs in an English summer (Brittin scored 596 across Tests and ODIs in 1984).
Gunn (143) can overtake Alex Blackwell (144) in this series to move up to 4th place for most women’s ODI appearances.
Bates has captained New Zealand 73 times. During this series, she’ll overtake Merissa Aguilleira (74), to move up to 4th place on the list of most women’s ODIs as captain.
Bates needs 35 more runs to become the fifth woman to record 10,000 List A runs.
Most recorded women’s List A runs
If England overcome their recent issue of slow starts to ODI series, and New Zealand don’t find more telling contributions from their lower to middle order, a clean sweep is on the cards for the hosts.
ICC Women’s Championship
ENGLAND vs NEW ZEALAND
1st ODI at Headingley
2nd ODI at County Ground, Derby
3rd ODI at Grace Road
ICC Women’s Championship stats