ICC Women’s Championship standings
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
England 236/8, Drummoyne Oval, 17th March 2009
Sarah Taylor (ENG) 100 , Queen’s Park Oval, 3rd Nov 2013
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
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
1st ODI, Grace Road, Leicester, 6th June
2nd ODI, New Road, Worcester, 9th June
3rd ODI, County Ground, Chelmsford, 13th June
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)