ICC Women’s Championship preview – England vs West Indies

ICC Women’s Championship standings

Team Mat Won Lost Tie NR Points Net RR
AUS 12 11 1 0 0 22 1.333
ENG 15 9 6 0 0 18 0.705
IND 15 8 7 0 0 16 0.441
SA 15 7 6 1 1 16 -0.637
PAK 15 7 7 1 0 15 -0.230
NZ 15 7 8 0 0 14 0.012
WI 12 5 6 0 1 11 0.008
SL 15 1 14 0 0 2 -1.387
Hosts (New Zealand) plus the four highest placed sides automatically qualify for the 2021 World Cup.

England vs West Indies head-to-head women’s ODI record
England 12 – 5 West Indies
2 no results, 2 abandoned

England v West Indies women’s ODI records
Highest total:
England 236/8, Drummoyne Oval, 17th March 2009
Highest score:
Sarah Taylor (ENG) 100 , Queen’s Park Oval, 3rd Nov 2013
Best bowling:
Isa Guha (ENG) 5-14 , Loughborough, 12th July 2008

Last five meetings
WI won by 38 runs at Trelawny Stadium, 10th Oct 2016
ENG won by 112 runs at Sabina Park, 14th Oct 2016
WI won by 42 runs at Sabina Park, 16th Oct 2016
ENG won by 5 wickets at Sabina Park, 19th Oct 2016
ENG won by 92 runs at Bristol,
15th July 2017 (World Cup)

England vs West Indies bilateral women’s ODI series results
ENG 1-1 WI in England, 1979 (1 match abandoned)
ENG 1-0 WI in England, 2008 (1 no result)
WI 2-1 ENG in West Indies, 2009
ENG 2-0 WI in West Indies, 2013 (1 no result)
ENG 3-2 WI in West Indies, 2016 (ENG 2-1 WI in the ICCWC fixtures)

Recent ODI form
England:  LLWWWW
West Indies:  LLWWLL


West Indies women return to England for the first time since their ignominious 2017 World Cup campaign, in which the 2013 finalists and 2016 World T20 champions were knocked out in the group stage.  A semi-final run at home in the 2018 World T20 , which included a group-stage win over England, showed the West Indies are still a force to be reckoned with in the shortest format, but they continue to struggle in ODIs.

West Indies began this edition of ICC Women’s Championship (ICCWC) with a comfortable whitewash of Sri Lanka, but that has so far been the high point of the campaign.  While some matches were closer than others in New Zealand last year, ultimately they were whitewashed by a side that currently sit sixth in the ICCWC table.  A drawn series with South Africa, due to weather, was followed by the West Indies’ first loss in a series against Pakistan.

They now face an uphill task to automatically qualify for the 2021 World Cup, given that their last three ICCWC series are against the three highest ranked sides in the world (Australia, England and India).

The problems for the West Indies largely lie in their batting (only Sri Lanka and Pakistan have lower run-rates in this edition of the ICCWC), and they begin at the top.  West Indies are the only side not to have made a single fifty opening stand in the current edition of the ICCWC.  Their last half-century opening partnership was on 8th Oct 2016 vs England in Jamaica, and they have failed to reach twenty in 16 out of 25 first wicket stands since then.

The West Indies’ average ODI opening partnership since the 2017 World Cup has been 14.36.  Only non-ICCWC sides, Ireland and Bangladesh average fewer runs for the 1st wicket in women’s ODIs during that time, and Bangladesh are the only team whose average opening stand progresses at a lower run-rate than the West Indies’ 3.37 rpo.  By contrast England’s average opening partnership (51.88 at 5.17 rpo) is second only to New Zealand in terms of both average and run rate.

Deandra Dottin partnered Hayley Matthews at the top of the order in the West Indies last ODI series.  Her shoulder injury means the West Indies will likely turn to either Kycia Knight, Matthews’ opening partner for Barbados, or possibly to Britney Cooper, who opened during the West Indies’ T20I whitewash of Ireland last month.  Cooper is undeniably talented (she and West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor are the only West Indian women to have recorded a 150+ score in List A cricket), but she has never opened in an ODI before.

This will be the West Indies’ first ODI series since the retirement of former captain and long-term wicketkeeper, Merissa Aguilliera.  Either Kycia Knght or Shemaine Campbelle will don the gloves in Aguilleira’s absence, and her retirement has provided an opportunity for her Trinidad & Tobago teammate Stacy-Ann King to return to the international fold.  King, whose last stint in the side ended in October 2016, top-scored with 34 and took 2-15 vs Ireland in her T20I comeback game in Dublin last month.

Dottin’s absence will be a major blow for the West Indies with both bat and ball.  Since the 2017 World Cup, Dottin has been the West Indies’ 2nd highest run-scorer and joint highest wicket-taker in ODIs, as well as their top run-scorer and 2nd highest wicket-taker in T20Is.  Dottin is also the West Indies highest ODI wicket taker against England.

Without Dottin, even more pressure for runs is put on Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews.  Taylor continues to be the West Indies’ most reliable batter, but has yet make a century in 33 innings as captain in West Indies colours.  Matthews’ last ODI innings, vs South Africa in September, saw her make her maiden ODI century, becoming just the fourth woman to reach three figures in an ODI in the Caribbean.

An injury during the WBBL forced Matthews to miss both the ODI & T20I series vs Pakistan, but in the last match of her comeback series vs Ireland, she brought up her maiden T20 century.  Dottin is the only woman to have made a T20I century at a younger age.  In March and April, Matthews led Barbados to twin titles in both 50 over and T20 cricket.  In all, Matthews has made five scores of 80+ runs in her last nine List A innings, and also took her career best List A figures (7-27 vs Leeward Islands) on 17th March.

While their batting has tended to be over-reliant on their ‘big three’ all-rounders, the West Indies have more consistent options with the ball.  They have been the most economical bowling side (4.28 rpo) in the current edition of the ICCWC.

Matthews and Taylor’s offpsin will be complimented by legspinner Afy Fletcher, their highest wicket taker vs Irleand last month, and joint highest ODI wicket taker since the World Cup (with Taylor and Dottin).

After a wayward start to her international career, tall pace bowler Shamilia Connell has been increasingly impressive, while Shakera Selman’s accuracy and economy was recognised with a call-up to the Women’s IPL T20 Challenge last month.  Among  bowlers to have delivered 25+ overs in women’s ODIs since the 2017 World Cup, Selman is the third most economical (3.37 rpo), and the highest ranked pace bowler.


England made a faltering start to their winter tour of Asia (in India and Sri Lanka), losing their ODI series vs India with a game to spare, but begin the summer on a high after an impressive turnaround.  A win in the final ODI vs India saw England claim the remaining two ICCWC points from that series, and began a run of ten wins in a row, their longest all-format winning streak since 2012.

During their 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, opener Amy Jones became the 2nd English woman (after Jan Brittin vs NZ in 1984) and tenth woman overall, to make 50+ scores in every match of a three-match ODI series.  Jones is the only keeper from any nation to achieve that feat in women’s ODIs.  If Jones can make fifty in her first innings of this series, she would join Charlotte Edwards (six in 2013 and five in 2004) and Jan Brittin (four in 1984-85) as the only English women to have made 50+ scores in four consecutive ODI innings.

Against Surrey on 27th May, Jones made her first List A century for five years, one of just two centuries made in Division 1 of the Women’s County Championship this season (the other was by Surrey’s Bryony Smith v Notts).

Jones and Tammy Beaumont have shared four century opening partnerships in their last nine ODI innings.  The only other English opening pair to make four 100+ stands in ODIs are Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor.

ENG opening partnerships Span Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
CMG Atkins, SJ Taylor 2008-09 19 1 1239 268 68.83 4 5
CM Edwards, LK Newton 2003-06 32 0 1127 142 35.22 2 5
TT Beaumont, L Winfield 2016-17 21 0 964 235 45.9 1 6
TT Beaumont, AE Jones 2016-19 13 0 738 127 56.77 4 2
CM Edwards, HC Knight 2010-15 19 0 560 110 29.47 1 4
E Bakewell, DL Thomas 1973-76 5 0 521 246 104.2 2 2
JA Brittin, HC Plimmer 1992-97 12 0 520 147 43.33 1 2

2018 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, Beaumont has been involved in nine of England women’s last ten century partnerships, and twelve of the sixteen century stands England have made overall in ODIs since she was recalled in June 2016.  Beaumont has been England’s highest run scorer in both ODIs and T20Is since her recall, and has been the top women’s international runscorer in England for the last three seasons, including breaking Jan Brittin’s record for most international runs in an English summer, with 628 in 2018.

Nat Sciver (229) just pipped Jones (226) for most ODI runs for England across the winter, while England’s win in the 3rd ODI in Mumbai was aided by Danni Wyatt making her maiden ODI fifty (in her 51st innings).

England’s Asian tour was marked by impressive performances from their pace bowlers.
After missing the 2018 World T20 through injury, the 3rd ODI in Mumbai also saw Katherine Brunt take her best ODI figures since 2011 (5-28).  Kate Cross demonstrated her abilities under pressure by successfully defending 2 runs in the final over to help England win the 3rd T20I vs India, while Anya Shrubsole took 9 wickets across England’s two ODI series at an astonishing ER of 3.17 rpo.

Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone was the highest women’s ODI wicket taker (10) in England last summer, and among bowlers to deliver more than 10 overs, the most economical (3.53 rpo).  Ecclestone is England’s highest wicket taker in both ODIs (22) and T20Is (21) since the 2017 World Cup.

England (5.07 rpo) are second only to Australia (5.49 rpo) in terms of run-rate in this edition of the ICCWC, and are the second most economical bowling side (4.40 rpo), behind the West Indies.

After the daring selection of three debutants for the 2018 World T20, England’s squad for this series seems somewhat conservative.  Every member of the squad debuted in 2016 or earlier and Sophie Ecclesestone is the only player aged under 25.  Middlesex’s Sophia Dunkley can count herself the most unlucky to miss out, having topped the charts with 451 runs in the Women’s County Championship (albeit in Division 2), including a run of three fifties and two hundreds in five consecutive innings.

These selections could though be viewed as a last chance for some experienced players to prove their worth for Ashes selection.  England are strong favourites for this series.  If a player struggles in this series, they may well make way for new faces later in the summer.


England vs West Indies women’s ODI contests have not historically been particularly high scoring, featuring just one century (by Sarah Taylor in 2013) and a highest total of 236,  but that is likely to change.  The majority of recent matches between the sides have occurred in lower scoring conditions in the West Indies and Asia.  They’ve played just one ODI  against each other in England in the last decade (during the 2017 World Cup).  The average run rate in England’s home ODIs since the start of 2016 has been 5.02 rpo.

The scale of the task facing the West Indies is stark.  Their only ODI win against the hosts in England came at Shireoaks in 1979.  Since the start of 2016, they have won just five ODIs away from home, with just one away win (vs Pakistan) in the current World Cup cycle.  England on the other hand have lost just three home matches during the same period.

The West Indies best chance in this series may lie in England looking ahead to the Ashes, rather than at the task in hand.  West Indies aren’t at the peak of their powers but they shouldn’t be viewed as a warm-up.  England have lost the opening match of five of their last seven ODI series or tournaments, including the opening match of the summer in 2017 and 2018.


Landmarks to look out for

Sarah Taylor is 42 runs away from becoming the ninth woman to bring up 4,000 ODI career runs.  144 runs in the series would make Taylor England women’s 2nd highest ODI runscorer, surpassing Claire Taylor.

With the gloves, Taylor needs three dismissals to overtake New Zealand’s Rebecca Rolls (133) and move into 2nd place for women’s ODI career dismissals, and also needs two more victims to break the record for women’s ODI stumpings (52 by India’s Anju Jain).

Tammy Beaumont needs 14 runs to reach the 2,000 run mark in ODIs, and in terms of innings batted, would be the 6th fastest woman to do so, if she gets those 14 runs at any point during this series.

Shemaine Campbelle (991), Hayley Matthews (980), and Kycia Knight (940) are all fast approaching 1,000 ODI runs.  Matthews would be the 2nd fastest West Indian woman to four figures, behind captain Stafanie Taylor.

If Taylor makes a half-century during this series, it would be the 39th time she’s reached fifty during her ODI career, and would take her past New Zealand legend Debbie Hockley into outright 4th position for 50+ women’s ODI scores.

Katherine Brunt needs three wickets to overtake Lisa Sthalekar and Anisa Mohammed (146), and will then be engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Pakistan’s Sana Mir (currently on 147) for third most women’s ODI career wickets.

Laura Marsh needs two more caps to become the ninth English woman to play 100 ODIs.

England‘s next ODI win will be their 200th in the format.  Only Australia (249) have more.  Heather Knight needs three more wins to reach 50 wins in all formats as England captain.


ICC Women’s Championship ODI series
England vs West Indies

Fixtures
1st ODI, Grace Road, Leicester, 6th June
2nd ODI, New Road, Worcester, 9th June
3rd ODI, County Ground, Chelmsford, 13th June

SQUADS

England:  Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Jenny Gunn, Alex Harltey, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt

West Indies:  Stafanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman


ICC Women’s Championship statistics (ESPNcricinfo)

Highest total
2017-21  |  Overall
Highest successful chase
2017-21  |  Overall

Most runs
2017-21  |  Overall
High scores
2017-21  | Overall
Batting strike rate
2017-21  |  Overall

Most wickets
2017-21  |  Overall
Best bowling
2017-21  |  Overall
Economy rate
2017-21  |  Overall

Partnerships by wicket
2017-21  |  Overall

Complete index
2017-21  |  Overall


Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru and cricketarchive.

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England vs New Zealand – 3rd ODI notes

ICC Women’s Championship standings

TEAM M W L T Points NRR
NZ 9 6 3 0 12 0.401
AUS 6 5 1 0 10 1.105
ENG 9 5 4 0 10 0.571
PAK 6 4 2 0 8 0.581
WI 6 3 3 0 6 -0.616
IND 6 2 4 0 4 0.066
SA 6 2 4 0 4 -1.147
SL 6 0 6 0 0 -1.350
  • 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
Opening partnership Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
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

Most runs

Most wickets

England vs New Zealand 1st ODI notes

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).

ICC Women’s Championship preview – England vs New Zealand

ICC Women’s Championship standings

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Points
New Zealand 6 5 1 0 0 1.489 10
Australia 6 5 1 0 0 1.105 10
Pakistan 6 4 2 0 0 0.581 8
England 6 3 3 0 0 0.050 6
West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 -0.616 6
India 6 2 4 0 0 0.066 4
South Africa 6 2 4 0 0 -1.147 4
Sri Lanka 6 0 6 0 0 -1.350 0

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.

Bates averages 28.48 in 26 ODI innings vs England, and Devine 16.61 in 19 innings.  In both cases their lowest average against any single opponent.

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)

Player Mat Inns 100 50 CR
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

  M I NO R HS Ave 100 50
CM Edwards 397 380 68 16465 199* 52.77 42 103
M Raj 317 280 95 11503 163* 62.17 14 91
KL Rolton 257 245 47 10487 173 52.96 23 74
SC Taylor 289 276 43 10195 156* 43.75 17 66
SW Bates 259 247 33 9965 183* 46.56 23 59

Verdict

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

Fixtures:

7th July
1st ODI at Headingley

10th July
2nd ODI at County Ground, Derby

13th July
3rd ODI at Grace Road


ICC Women’s Championship stats

Most runs

Most wickets

England v South Africa – 3rd ODI preview

ICC Women’s Championship standings 

Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR Net RR Pts
New Zealand 6 5 1 0 0 1.489 10
Australia 6 5 1 0 0 1.105 10
Pakistan 6 4 2 0 0 0.581 8
West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 -0.616 6
India 6 2 4 0 0 0.066 4
England 5 2 3 0 0 -0.084 4
South Africa 5 2 3 0 0 -1.240 4
Sri Lanka 6 0 6 0 0 -1.35 0

With the series level at 1-1 going into today’s 3rd ODI at Canterbury, England have a ninth straight bilateral series win against South Africa in their sights, while the Proteas are eyeing a historic first series win vs England.

Bilateral ODI series between England & South Africa:

ENG 2-1 SA, 1997 in England
ENG 3-2 SA, 2000 in England
ENG 2-1 SA, 2003 in England
ENG 4-1 SA, 2004 in South Africa
ENG 2-0 SA, 2005 in South Africa
ENG 4-0 SA, 2008 in England
ENG 3-0 SA, 2011 in South Africa
ENG 2-1 SA, 2016 in South Africa
ENG 1-1 SA, 2018 in England*

This will be the first women’s ODI to be played at Canterbury since 6th August 2008.  South Africa were England’s opponent on that occasion too, and will now have taken part in three of the five women’s ODIs played at the St. Lawrence Ground.

Women’s ODIs at Canterbury:
Australia bt England by 87 runs, 1st August 1976
England bt Australia by 6 wickets, 25th July 1987
South Africa bt England by 1 wicket, 25th June 2000
England bt South Africa by 121 runs, 6th August 2008

None of the South African XI that turned out in 2008 have made this series, whereas there are three members of the England lineup from 2008 who could feature today –  Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn and Sarah Taylor.

Taylor is set to play her 108th match as designated wicket-keeper today, which would equal the women’s ODI record, currently held by her predecessor as England keeper, Jane Smit.

Her counterpart, Lizelle Lee may not have impressed with the gloves in this series, but her 209 runs are already the most scored for South Africa in a three-match ODI series.

60 more runs will give Lee the national record for a bilateral series of any length.  The outright record for a three-match women’s ODI series (342) is held jointly by Tammy Beaumont (vs Pakistan in 2016) and Amelia Kerr, thanks to her record breaking exploits in Ireland this week.

Most runs for South Africa in a bilateral ODI series:
268 L Lee v BAN, 2017 (5 ODIs)
244 L Lee v BAN, 2018 (5 ODIs)
232 M du Preez v NZ, 2016 (7 ODIs)
222 D van Niekerk v NZ, 2016 (7 ODIs)
215 L Wolvaardt v IRE, 2016 (4 ODIs)
209 L Lee v ENG, 2018*

Since the start of 2016, England and South Africa have been among the the most difficult sides to make women’s ODI centuries against, which makes Beaumont (101), Taylor (118) & Lee’s (117) efforts at Hove all the more remarkable.

Since the start of 2016, top-seven batters (there has never been a women’s ODI century made batting below #7) have averaged a century once every 60.3 innings vs South Africa, and just once every 215 innings vs England.  Lee’s innings makes the conversion rate against England in that time 2.78%.

WODI centuries 2016

As well as being the first ODI century for South Africa vs England, Lee’s innings made her the first ODI centurion for any side against England since Meg Lanning made 104 in the 2nd Ashes ODI at Bristol on 23rd July 2015.

There may be some concern for South Africa though, that they are over-reliant on Lee and big-hitting Chloe Tryon to maintain a competitive run-rate.

At Hove, Tryon (169.23) and Lee (109.34) were the only South Africans to strike at over 100.  Marizanne Kapp (96.66) was the only one of the remaining nine South African batters with a match strike rate over 60.  By contrast, Amy Jones (76.31) and Tammy Beaumont (92.66), were the only English batters who didn’t strike at over 100 at Hove.

South Africa 2nd ODI at Hove:

Lee & Tryon 161 runs off 133 balls at 7.26 rpo (16×4, 9×6)

Rest of South Africa 91 runs off 167 balls at 3.27 rpo (4×4, 1×6)

Even during their comfortable 5-0 whitewash of Bangladesh last month, Tryon (141.05) and Lee (80.52) were the only players to maintain series strike rates over 80 (min. 25 BF).

The average batting SR in women’s ODIs since the start of 2016 has been 69.30.  Fourteen English players have scored above that rate during that time, while only five South Africans have done the same.

South Africa’s vaunted pace attack means it’s not a case of nullify Lee & Tryon and win the game, but that would clearly be a big step in the right direction.  Unfortunately for England, they appear to be getting worse at containing the duo, rather than better.

Lee’s five 50+ scores in her last six innings vs England (including the two highest scores for South Africa vs England in the last two) are well documented, but Tryon too has overcome a less than stellar start, and become increasingly dangerous.

Tryon’s first four ODI innings vs England resulted in four ducks, and she didn’t reach double figures against England until her 7th ODI against them, at Bristol during the World Cup.  Tryon followed her 54 (26) on that day with 44 (26), two innings later, at Hove on Tuesday.Lee & Tryon v ENG

Among batters with 1,000+ ODI career runs there is only one woman with a higher SR than Tryon (97.43), England’s Natalie Sciver (101.66).

Lee (54) and Tryon (40) have hit the most sixes in women’s ODIs since the start of 2016, perhaps to be expected given South Africa have played so many more fixtures than any other side.  Even when measuring in terms of balls faced per six hit, they still top the charts.

WODI bp6

While England are yet to uncover an individual equivalent to Tryon, Lee or New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, as a batting unit, they have dramatically improved at clearing the ropes since Mark Robinson took charge.

In the period after the 2013 World Cup until the end of 2015 (the era during which Paul Shaw was England’s Head of Performance), England hit just six ODI sixes.  The rate at which they hit them (one six every 883 balls faced) was 500 balls worse than the average rate in women’s ODIs for the time-frame (once every 383).

WODI six rate

Since the start of 2016, when Robinson’s tenure began, the average rate in ODIs has virtually doubled (one six every 192 balls faced).  England have not just kept up with the pace, but been among the pace-setters.  Only South Africa (one six every 119 balls faced) have hit sixes more regularly than England (139).

An indication of how much of this change has been down to mindset and fitness/training, lies in the fact that all twelve English players who have hit sixes in the Robinson-era debuted before he took charge.


Landmarks to look out for:

Mignon du Preez needs 66 runs to become the first South African woman to 3,000 ODI runs.

Marizanne Kapp is two wickets away from becoming the second South African, and 9th woman overall to score 1,000+ runs & take 100+ wickets in ODIs.

Laura Wolvaardt needs one more half-century to break the record for most 50+ women’s ODI scores made as a teenager.  She currently shares the record with Stafanie Taylor, who began her career with eleven 50+ scores before she turned 20.


ICC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
England vs South Africa

3rd ODI at Canterbury, 15th June 2018

GROUND RECORDS:

Highest total
254/6 (ENG) v South Africa, 6th August 2008
High score
106 L Hill (AUS) v England, 1st August 1976
Best bowling figures
4-47 KM Leng (ENG) v South Africa, 25th June 2000

SQUADS

England: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Danni Wyatt

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk(c), Tazmin Brits,  Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Stacey Lackay, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt

ICC Women’s Championship preview – India vs Australia

Both Australia and India sit on 4 points from 3 games after 2-1 series wins in their opening round of ICC Women’s Championship fixtures. The run rates for Australia’s home series vs England (5.19 rpo) and India’s series in South Africa (4.55 rpo) set the record for bilateral series involving those particular combinations of opponents.  There’s no reason to think this series won’t challenge the combined 4.89 rpo that Australia and India scored at when the Indians toured Australia in 2016.

Australia come into the series on the back of ten bilateral ODI series wins in a row (which no doubt makes their World Cup campaign, between the 9th & 10th series wins, sting a little more).  Against India, Australia have won all six previous bilateral ODI series contested since 1984.

Bilateral ODI series results between India & Australia:
AUS 4-0 IND, 1984 in India
AUS 4-3 IND, 2004 in India
AUS 3-0 IND, 2006 in Australia
AUS 5-0 IND, 2008 in Australia
AUS 3-0 IND, 2012 in India
AUS 2-1 IND, 2016 in Australia

The overall record between the two sides currently stands at 34-9 to Australia, but India have recorded a couple of important victories in recent years.

Last 5 IND/AUS ODIs:
Australia won by 101 runs at Manuka Oval, Canberra, 2 Feb 2016
Australia won 6 wickets at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 5 Feb 2016
India won by 5 wickets at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, 7 Feb 2016
Australia won by 8 wickets at County Ground, Bristol (World Cup), 12 Jul 2017
India won by 36 runs at County Ground Derby, (World Cup semi-final), 20 Jul 2017

First, India ended a run of six consecutive ODI losses against Australia with a win at Hobart in February 2016.  At the time, this was the highest target India had successfully chased in an ODI (232).  India’s timid display at Bristol in the group stage of the 2017 World Cup suggested Australia still had a significant upper hand in the rivalry, but those thoughts were allayed after the extraordinary semi-final at Derby on 20th July.

Australia’s bowlers had no answer to Hamranpreet Kaur’s storming innings of 171* (115), which took India to the highest ever World Cup total vs Australia 281/4 (despite the match being reduced to 42 overs).

Australia’s last international match in India was their loss to the West Indies in the final of the World T20 on 3rd April 2016.  Their last ODI on Indian soil was their win against the same opponents in the 2013 World Cup final at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, now over five years ago.  That match was marked by one of the great displays of all-round skill and fortitude from Ellyse Perry, battling through an ankle injury.

Perry’s unbeaten fifty partnership for the eighth wicket with captain Jodie Fields took Australia to the highest ever total in a World Cup final, and her opening three overs (3-2-2-3) derailed the West Indian chase before it even had a chance to get going.  Perry’s exceptional final figures of 10-3-19-3 remain the most economical 10 overs bowled in a World Cup knock-out match this century.

The last time India played Australia in a home ODI was 11 months earlier, for a series in March 2012.  The 2nd match of that series was notable for being the last time Australia posted 300 in an ODI.  In the intervening period, Australia have repeatedly expressed a desire to take their scoring to a new level.

Australia remain the most consistent side in terms of 250+ totals (once every 1.93 innings since the start of 2016, the next best is England at once every 3 innings, and the ODI average is 4.57. India are third with a rate of a 250+ total once every 3.56 innings) but have seen several other sides break 300 since they last did.  Australia’s 296/6 in the 2nd Ashes ODI in October was their highest total since the 2012 India series.

300+ ODI totals since Australia last made 300:
4 England; New Zealand
3 South Africa
2 India
1 West Indies


That 2nd ODI on 14th March 2012 also featured another stellar bowling performance from Perry.  Her ODI career best 8.1-3-19-5 are the best ODI figures against India on home soil.

Since that 2013 World Cup ankle injury however, Perry has never quite been as fast or as threatening.  Her heroic World Cup final effort was arguably the last great spell of ODI bowling in her career (Perry was excellent with the ball in the Ashes Tests at Perth in 2014 and Canterbury in 2015).

Perry has of course more than made up for diminished returns with the ball by embarking on an astonishing run of scores with the bat.

Ellyse Perry all-round stats up to & after her last ODI in India (2013 WC final):

Ellyse Perry all-round pre post 2013 WCa.png

When she last played an ODI in India, Perry was one of the world’s great fast bowlers.  She returns to ODI cricket in India as the one of the most consistent batters in World cricket.

In the 2013 World Cup final, Perry came in at #9 and had batted above #7 just once in her 33 previous ODI innings.  In her 38 innings since, Perry has never batted  below #6 and has scored the 3rd most runs (1,932), at comfortably the best batting average (74.30) in women’s ODIs.

The 2017/18 Australian season saw Perry finish as top run scorer in the Ashes, (351 runs) the WBBL (552) and the WNCL (372).  She also won or retained the trophy in all three competitions.

 

For the first time since the 2006/7 Rose Bowl series, Australia will play an ODI series without Alex Blackwell, who announced her retirement last month.  Blackwell’s absence is made up for by the return of Meg Lanning, who missed the 2017/18 Australian season due to a shoulder injury.

Since Lanning debuted in January 2011, the average women’s ODI batter playing at #1-7 in the order has made a century at a rate of one every 52.17 innings.  Lanning’s own rate is one century every 5.72 innings, in other words over nine times better than the average rate.  The next best current international (3+ centuries) during that period is Suzie Bates, at a rate of one century every 10.43 innings.

In run chases, Lanning scores a century once every 4.38 innings, which is over 21 times better than the average rate of 93.64 among #1-7 ODI batters since her debut.  Lanning has scored 8 of the 22 centuries made in ODI chases worldwide since her debut.

Lanning’s average ODI partnership with Ellyse Perry is 109.57, comfortably the highest among any paring to have batted togetehr 5+ times since Lanning’s debut.  Lanning & Perry have made eight century and four fifty partnerships in 18 innings.  They are the only pairing in ODI history to have shared more than one 200+ stand.  In their nine 2nd innings partnerships, Lanning and Perry have failed to reach their fifty partnership just once.

How Australia line-up will be one of the intriguing aspects of this series, with Elyse Villani and Beth Mooney most likely vying for a single spot.  Following the Ashes, Villani is the incumbent but her international returns have never really lived up to expectation.  Mooney’s stronger ODI stats, excellent form in the Ashes T20Is, plus a century in the first warm-up game of this tour may be hard to ignore.

A batter Australia are yet to see the best of in ODIs is Ashleigh Gardner.  Gardner’s clean-striking and devastating power led to a record 21 sixes at a rate of 1 every 11.9 balls-faced during the most recent WBBL season.  If Gardner finds a way to emulate such feats in ODIs, it could well be the key to Australia reaching their desired higher totals.


Smriti Mandhana’s 219 runs in South Africa were the most ever scored for India in a 3 match ODI series.  Mithali Raj, who sets a record every time she scores a run in ODIs, had a disappointing ODI series in South Africa (70 runs at 23.33) but took player of the series in the T20Is that followed.

Raj’s ODI average of 34.51 vs Australia is her lowest for any single opponent, though it rises to 41.62 when playing the Australians in India.  Raj has yet to make an ODI century in 31 attempts vs Australia (her HS is 89), while her younger counterparts Harmamnpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana have all reached three figures against the Australians.

Kaur’s 171* in the World Cup semi-final is the 2nd highest ODI score vs Australia, and her average of 56.87 is the highest of any player to have batted 10+ times against Australia.  Lanning is the only member of the Australian squad to have made an ODI century vs India.

Mandhana and Raut will hope their success vs Australia translates to home soil. While captian Raj and vice-captain Kaur have strong ODI records at home and away, the rest of India’s main batters are mostly yet to prove themselves at home.

Mandhana’s 714 runs in 19 innings at 47.60 (SR 91.89, 3×100, 4×50) away compares starkly with a modest 438 in 16 at 23.05 (SR 65.37, 3×50) at home.  Raut and Deepti Sharma’s averages, and especially their strike rates, will have to drastically improve at home if they’re to have a (positive) impact on the series.

India WODI batting home

In part this is due to a lack of opportunity.  India last played a home international fixture 16 months ago, when West indies visited for 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is in November 2016.  The sparse nature of the scheduling means ‘form’ is not something that often has a chance to manifest for more than a couple of weeks in women’s international cricket, which makes the performances of Raj, Perry, Lanning, etc all the more remarkable.


This will be the first International tour of Asia for Australia’s exciting legspinner Amanda-Jade Wellington, as well as offspinner Gardner. They and left-arm orthodox Jess Jonassen will hope Indian conditions prove more favourable than those experienced in the Ashes ODIs.

Australian spinners took 11 wickets at 37.00 and 5.19 rpo during the Ashes, compared with 15 at 19.86 at 4.65 rpo for their pace bowlers.  Overall however, spinners have been the most successful bowlers so far in the the 2017-20 ICC Women’s Championship,

2017-20 ICC Women’s Championship bowlingICCWC bowling

While spin will play a pivotal role in this series, the only bowlers in either squad (with 5+ wickets) to average under 30 against their respective opponents are pace bowlers Shikha Pandey of India (10 wickets at 16.50) and Ellyse Perry of Australia (28 wickets at 18.25).

 


ICC Women’s Championship 2017-20 – India vs Australia 

FIXTURES

12th March – 1st ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
15th March – 2nd ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara
18th March – 3rd ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara

SQUADS

India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Sukanya Parida, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma

Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

ICC Women’s Championship preview – New Zealand vs West Indies

Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru.

The second round of 2017-20 ICC Women’s Championship fixtures begins at Bert Sutcliffe Oval on 4th March, when New Zealand play host to West Indies.

The series will be the first major examination for two sides that disappointed at the 2017 World Cup, both being eliminated before the knock-out stages.

2013 finalists, West Indies could only manage consolation victories vs Sri Lanka and Pakistan during their dismal campaign.  New Zealand were unlucky with the weather (their crucial group match with South Africa was the only game abandoned during the tournament), but came off comfortably second best in their group stage encounters against eventual semi-finalists Australia, England and India.

Since then, the West Indies have brushed aside Sri Lanka 3-0 in an error-strewn series at home in October 2017, and New Zealand have beaten Pakistan 2-1 in the UAE in October/November.

New Zealand’s loss at Sharjah on 5th November was their first defeat in any format against Pakistan.  That result would ordinarily prove costly in what looks set to be a hard fought ICC Women’s Championship, but the White Ferns are fortunate that they have automatically qualified as hosts for the 2021 World Cup.

In ODIs, New Zealand and West Indies have met 16 times. New Zealand have won eight and West Indies seven, with one no result.

The contest has been marked by extreme home advantage, with West Indies winning six of seven meetings in the Caribbean, and the White Ferns winning all three meetings in New Zealand.

Last 8 ODI results between NZ & WI:

NZ won by 9 wickets at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, 2014
NZ won by 94 runs at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, 2014
NZ won by 107 runs at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, 2014
WI won by 5 wickets at Warner Park St Kitts, 2014
WI won by 65 runs at Warner Park St Kitts, 2014
WI won by 8 wickets at Warner Park St Kitts, 2014
WI won by 4 runs at Warner Park St Kitts, 2014
NZ won by 8 wickets at Taunton, 2017 World Cup

This will be West Indies women’s second ever tour of New Zealand. The previous tour, in 2014, finished with series whitewashes for New Zealand in both ODIs (3-0) and T20Is (4-0).

West Indies have won just 2 of their last 11 ODI fixtures away from home, with their only victories in that sequence being their encounters with Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the group stages of the 2017 World Cup.

Since West Indies last visited New Zealand, the White Ferns have won 14 of 21 matches at home, with their only losses coming at the hands of England and Australia.

At neutral venues, specifically their six World Cup meetings, New Zealand have the upper hand over West Indies, 4-1 with one match abandoned during the 2005 World Cup.  The West Indies only victory vs New Zealand in World Cups was in 2013 in India, perhaps not coincidentally in lower, slower conditions that are most akin to their own at home.

West Indies captain, Stafanie Taylor has the most runs (526) and most wickets (21) in NZ/WI ODI contests and also has the highest individual score in these matches (135* at Sabina Park in Oct 2013), although her record in the few matches she’s played in New Zealand (3) is less impressive – 77 runs at 25.66 and 2 wickets at 37.00.

The run rate in women’s ODIs has seen a marked increase over the last few years, in the wake of expanded pools of contracted international players and nascent professional domestic T20 leagues in the form of WBBL and KSL.

Women’s ODI run rate:
2014 – 3.84 rpo (38 matches)
2015 – 3.91 rpo (34 matches)
2016 – 4.33 rpo (57 matches)
2017 – 4.41 rpo (70 matches)
2018 – 4.55 rpo (3 matches)

The ODI playing conditions have also changed since the 2017 World Cup, which may even see run rates escalate further.

As the below tables indicate, not only have West Indies failed to keep pace with the increasing ODI run rates of recent years, they’ve fallen back from the position they were in previously.  West Indies are one of the few batting sides to have a lower run rate, and to average fewer runs per wicket in the 2016-2018 period than they did in 2013-15.  By contrast, New Zealand are one of the sides at the forefront of the batting revolution.


Women’s ODI win/loss record 2013-2015
Average run rate: 3.94 rpo   Average runs per wicket: 23.31

Team Win / Loss W/L Ratio Bat ave RR Bowl ave. ER
AUS 19 / 5 3.800 32.92 4.75 22.67 4.16
ENG 18 / 9 2.000 29.56 4.54 24.17 4.20
SA 18 / 11 1.636 23.45 3.68 18.98 3.58
IND 12 / 8 1.500 26.85 4.02 21.12 3.77
WI 20 / 18 1.111 22.81 4.01 23.07 3.91
NZ 16 / 16 1.000 26.68 4.38 22.85 3.89
PAK 13 / 19 0.684 19.80 3.46 21.82 3.58
SL 6 / 24 0.250 18.20 3.50 32.50 4.49
BAN 2 / 8 0.250 16.75 3.22 26.27 3.77
IRE 0 / 6 0.000 9.90 2.56 28.93 4.56

 

Women’s ODI win/loss record since the start of 2016
Average run rate: 4.38 rpo   Average runs per wicket: 26.89

Team Win / Loss W/L Ratio Bat ave RR Bowl ave. ER
AUS 22 / 6 3.666 39.41 5.22 25.44 4.52
IND 25 / 7 3.571 37.96 4.67 20.58 3.84
ENG 21 / 6 3.500 33.19 5.25 23.10 4.12
NZ 17 / 10 1.700 33.44 5.07 25.19 4.19
SA 23 / 24 0.958 26.82 4.50 26.09 4.29
WI 9 / 12 0.750 20.82 3.75 24.22 4.03
BAN 3 / 8 0.375 16.28 3.04 25.14 4.22
SL 4 / 22 0.181 18.12 3.54 36.08 4.68
PAK 3 / 20 0.150 20.99 3.75 39.35 5.36
IRE 1 / 13 0.076 17.30 3.37 43.39 5.14

Since the start of 2016 (essentially the post-WBBL era), New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite has the highest batting average in women’s ODIs (76.41) and only South Africa’s Mignon du Preez (1,361) has scored more runs than Satterthwaite’s 1,299 in that period.  Du Preez has played 47 ODIs to Satterthwaite’s 27.

Satterthwaite is one of six New Zealanders among the top 25 in terms of ODI batting strike rate (200+ BF) since the start of 2016.  Only England, with seven, have more players that highly placed.  The first West Indian on that list is Deandra Dottin in 26th (76.83).  Dottin is the only West Indian with a strike above the ODI average for the period (68.41).

Dottin, who made 104* vs Pakistan at the World Cup, is also the only West Indian to have made an ODI century since the start of 2016.  Stafanie Taylor’s batting average of 34.31 is relatively modest, especially given her career record, but that still makes her West Indies most consistent performer with the bat in that time-frame.  Taylor has more 50+ scores (7) than all her her teammates combined (6) since the start of 2016.

Women;s ODI batting pre&post WBBL

Where West Indies continue to be effective is in their bowling economy rate.  Only India (3.84 rpo) have a better ODI ER than West Indies 4.03 since the start of 2016.  Once again however, West Indies bowlers fare less well away from the Caribbean (ER of 4.42 rpo away vs 3.48 rpo at home).

Among bowlers to have taken 12+ ODI wickets since the start of 2016, New Zealand have three bowlers among the top six in the averages.

Best ODI bowling average since start of 2016 (12+ wickets):

16.74 RS Gayakwad IND (39 wickets)
17.31 LM Kasperek NZ (16)
17.53 HR Huddleston NZ (30)
17.77 S Pandey IND (45)
18.53 HL Ferling AUS (13)
18.92 HM Rowe NZ (13)
19.75 ASS Fletcher WI (24)
19.78 Khadija Tul Kubra BAN (19)
20.14 E Bisht (35)
20.73 SR Taylor (19)

Afy Fletcher, in 7th is the first West Indian on the list, closely followed by Taylor in 10th. Fletcher and Taylor are also among three West Indians to feature in the top 10 for best ODI economy rate since the start of 2016 (although one of them, Shakera Selman is injured so won’t feature in this series).

Best ODI economy rate since the start of 2016 (50+ overs bowled):

2.87 M Joshi IND
3.42 E Bisht IND
3.44 GM Harris AUS
3.47 LA Marsh ENG
3.49 SR Taylor WI
3.53 SC Selman WI
3.57 ASS Fletcher WI
3.59 Poonam Yadav IND
3.61 IMHC Joyce IRE
3.61 DB Sharma IND

A few economical bowlers can only do so much, however.  For West Indies to return to the top ranks of women’s ODI cricket, their batters must adapt to a rapidly evolving game.  There are few places with more favourable conditions to begin that process than New Zealand.

Since the start of 2016, the ODI run rate in New Zealand has been the second highest in the world (4.99 rpo), and wickets have been harder to come by (a cost of 35.93 runs per wicket) than in any other nation.

Women’s ODI run rate by host nation since the start of 2016:

Country ODIs Runs Wkts Balls Ave. RR
AUS 11 5087 160 6112 31.79 4.99
NZ 11 4958 138 5961 35.93 4.99
ENG 33 13753 465 17415 29.58 4.74
SA 23 8996 327 12240 27.51 4.41
IRE 6 1965 82 2802 23.96 4.21
UAE 3 1078 47 1585 22.94 4.08
SL 24 8063 344 12331 23.44 3.92
BAN 5 1652 76 2555 21.74 3.88
IND 6 1920 84 3152 22.86 3.65
WI 8 2519 136 4269 18.52 3.54