T20I tri-nation series (ENG, NZ, SA) preview

Year T20Is Runs/wkt Balls/wkt Run rate Sixes 6/Mat
2009 30 17.77 18.05 5.91 53 1.8
2010 42 16.84 16.53 6.11 89 2.1
2011 32 17.02 17.36 5.88 45 1.4
2012 62 16.94 18.57 5.47 102* 1.6
2013 37 18.73 19.67 5.71 63 1.7
2014 71 18.42 18.90 5.85 138 1.9
2015 30 17.81 18.76 5.70 66 2.2
2016 56 18.86 18.70 6.05 140 2.5
2017 13 17.87 16.57 6.47 42 3.2
2018 30 23.01 20.07 6.88 106 3.5
*ESPNcricinfo and other sources don’t have complete scorecards for two T20Is in 2012.

After a two year wait, women’s T20I cricket returns to England
South Africa’s match vs New Zealand at Taunton on Wednesday afternoon will be the first women’s T20I played in England since 7th July 2016.

In the years since England’s 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan, women’s T20 cricket has transformed out of all recognition.  Increased international contracts, the WBBL (which began in 2015-16) and KSL (2016) all mean that women’s cricket is now a professional sport at the top level.

The T20I run rate in 2018 (6.88 rpo) is currently the highest for a calendar year in which more than 10 matches have been played.

Every major women’s T20I series played since last years ODI World Cup has been among the fastest scoring in history.  The five series with highest run rates in women’s T20I history have each included one or more of the teams taking part in this tri-series.

Highest run rate for a women’s T20I series/tournament:

8.19 rpo IND/AUS/ENG tri-nation series, March 2018
7.87 rpo Ashes T20I series, Nov 2017
7.68 rpo South Africa v India, Feb 2018
7.48 rpo South Africa v England, Feb 2016
7.28 rpo New Zealand v West Indies, March 2018

The number of sixes hit in some recent series have been so great that they exceed totals for previous editions of the World T20, let alone two or three teams series.

In just 5 matches, The South Africa vs India series in February racked up 42 sixes.  By far the highest total for a bilateral series, and the 4th most for any women’s T20I series or tournament, regardless of length or the number of participants.

Most sixes in a women’s T20I series/tournament:

57 – 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh (27 matches)
53 – 2010 World T20 in West Indies (15 matches)
43 – 2016 World T20 in India (23 matches)
42 – South Africa v India, 2018 (5 matches)
30 – IND/AUS/ENG tri-series, 2018 (7 matches)
30 – 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka (15 matches)
27 – 2009 World T20 in England (15 matches)

The average rate at which sixes have been hit in the history of women’s T20Is is one six for every 108 balls faced.  Since the 2017 World Cup, the rate is now once every 61.56 balls, comparable to the most recent WBBL season (65.39).  During the record-breaking South Africa vs India series in February, batters were hitting sixes once every 24 balls.

The Guardian recently published a list of the world’s top 20 women’s cricketers.  Ten of the names on that list will be taking part in this series, and that doesn’t even include players such as England’s Tammy Beaumont, South Africa’s Chloe Tryon or New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr.

The players taking part in this series have made over a third (15 of 42) of all domestic & international women’s T20 centuries.

Even in light of the spectacular 2017 World Cup, the British public won’t have witnessed a women’s cricket tournament like this before.


A number that might be a counter to all this excitement is the 20.07 balls bowled per wicket in 2018. i.e. despite the massively increased run rate and six hitting, the risk of wickets falling has decreased.

This isn’t the case in women’s ODIs, where the run rate and runs scored per wicket have markedly increased in recent yearsrecent years, but wickets are still falling at the same rate they always have in the 50-over era (roughly once every six overs).


WT20I winloss 2016-19 June 2018

Last 8 results:
England – LWWWWLLL
New Zealand – WWWWWWWW
South Africa – LLLWLWWW

T20I head-to-head record:

England vs New Zealand
Matches 19
ENG wins 14
NZ wins 5

England vs South Africa
Matches 15
ENG wins 13
SA wins 1
No result 1

New Zealand vs South Africa
Matches 5
NZ wins 4
SA wins 1

WT20i winloss 2016 bat 1st

WT20i winloss 2016 field 1st

While the historic head-to-head record (heavily) favours England, this series is likely to be much closer.  New Zealand are the form team in world cricket, and come into this series on the back of an unprecedented run of three consecutive 400+ ODI totals vs Ireland.  South Africa are the outsiders but the ODI series vs England showed the bowling quality and power-hitting they bring to this series.


 

New Zealand flying high as Bates nears record
Since their 2016 World T20 semi-final loss to the West Indies, New Zealand have only lost one T20 international, vs Australia at the MCG on 17th February 2017.  The White Ferns are currently on an 11 match wining streak, the 3rd longest such run in women’s T20Is.  Included in that run is a 4-0 whitewash of the West Indies in New Zealand.

Before their ODI demolition of Ireland, New Zealand also played the Irish in a T20I.  In that game at Dublin on 6th June, the hosts set the White Ferns a target of 137.

Suzie Bates and Jess Watkin blitzed their way 142/0 in 11 overs.  Watkin’s 77* was the 3rd highest score by a T20I debutant, their partnership was New Zealand’s highest in T20Is and their run rate (12.90 rpo), was the highest ever for a completed women’s international innings.

As well as youngsters like Watkin and Kerr, braking new ground, several experienced batters are at the peak of their powers for New Zealand.

Suzie Bates (2,515) is now just 91 runs away from breaking Charlotte Edwards’ (2,605) T20I career runs record.  Bates is the highest run scorer in the KSL (492) and the highest scoring overseas player (964) in the WBBL.  She is the only player to have made centureis in both the WBBL & KSL.

Amy Satterthwaite claimed the player of the season award in WBBL03, an honour which could just as easily have been given to Sophie Devine.

Having supplanted Rachel Priest at the top of the order, Devine has a new-found consistency since the World Cup (3 centuries & 3 fifties in 7 ODIs).  In T20Is Devine’s SR is the 4th highest of any woman to have faced 100+ balls since the start of 2016 (152.17). If she stays in for any length of time today, Devine will likely hit her 50th T20I six, making her just the 2nd woman to that mark.

Priest’s replacement with the gloves, 33 year old Katey Martin made her maiden T20I fifty against the West Indies in March.  An innings later she made her 2nd, and two innings after that, her 3rd.

No-one has taken more T20I wickets since the start of 2016 than Leigh Kasperek (31).  Holly Huddlestone and Lea Tahuhu will be important, but expect Kasperek and Amelia Kerr (whose economy of 4.58 rpo is exceptional, given current run rates) to be New Zealand’s main threats with the ball in this series.

New Zealand (5.78 rpo) are the only side with a collective economy rate below six runs an over since the start of 2016.


As in ODIs, England are unrecognisable since Mark Robinson took charge at the start of 2016.  Only New Zealand have a better T20I win/loos record in that time, and England’s run rate (7.46 rpo) is the highest of any team.  It’s needed to be though, as their economy rate is the second worst (6.89 rpo), behind only Ireland.

A large part of that ER is down to England conceding 7.46 rpo when fielding first.  Despite this, England have the best win/loss ratio among chasing sides since the start of 2016.

Danni Wyatt’s maiden hundred, at Manuka Oval in November was the first ever in a  women’s T20I chase.  She followed that with 124 vs India at Mumbai in March as England completed a women’s T20I record chase of 199.

Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont now have 10 T20I sixes each.  Nothing compared with the likes of Devine, Dottin, Lee or Tryon but still something of a significant milestone.  Those 10 sixes mean they’re currently level with Charlotte Edwards on the most T20I career sixes for England.  This series is sure to see them break that symbolic barrier.

After taking an inexperienced squad to India, England will be fielding their full-strength T20I XI for the first time since the Ashes, which should make up for some of the deficiencies experienced in that series.  After their record chase, England went on to lose their remaining three fixtures.

England’s top three batters in that series (Wyatt, Beaumont and Natalie Sciver) were as strong as their Australian counterparts but the rest of batting order fell well short:

England’s top 3 run-scorers (Wyatt, Sciver & Beaumont):
488 off 321 (SR 152.02 or 9.12 rpo)

Rest of England squad:
188 off 233 (SR 80.69 or 4.84 rpo)

Australia’s top 3 run-scorers (Lanning, Villani & Mooney):
452 off 313 (SR 144.41 or 8.66 rpo)

Rest of Australia squad:
323 off 228 (SR 141.66 or 8.50 rpo)

The return of Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt with the bat should go some way to improving those figures.  Likewise, Brunt and Shrubsole’s return with the ball will be welcome after some fairly toothless bowling displays in the Indian series.


South Africa are the wildcard.  Their historic and recent record suggests an England/New Zealand final, but they have some of the most exciting individual players in world cricket, who could take games away on their own.

Shanbim Ismail is the world’s fastest bowler, and in Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk they have two key members of the all-conquering Sydney Sixers WBBL squads.  Among bowlers to have delivered 10+ overs, Kapp has the best career economy rate (4.66 rpo) in the WBBL (Brunt incidentally is 2nd, with 5.15 rpo) and has been going at 5.48 rpo in T20Is since the start of 2016.

Van Niekerk was the 3rd highest wicket taker in WBBL03 (20 wickets), despite not playing the whole season due to international commitments.

Not even Sophie Devine can match the rate at which Chloe Tryon currently hits sixes (11.58 balls per six since the start of 2016).  By that measure, Lizelle Lee is in 4th place (22.27) and captain Van Niekerk is in 9th (37.08).

Tryon’s innings strike rate of 457.14 for her 32* (7) vs India at Senwes Park in February is the highest ever SR for a 25+ run score in women’s or men’s T20 international cricket.

WT20I Bp6

While their boundary hitting is spectacular, South Africa’s running leaves a lot to be desired, and they haven’t settled on a best XI or consistent batting order.

All of Lee’s hitting power amounts to a career T20I SR of 97.15 (rising to a decent, but not spectacular 110.77 since the start of 2016).  Despite the presence of Lee & Tryon in their ranks, South Africa have only posted 150+ totals three times since the start of 2016 and have a high total of 169 in that period.

Teenage batting sensation, Laura Wolvaardt has yet to shine in T20 cricket at domestic or international level.


SQUADS

New Zealand: Suzie Bates (c), Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin

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

England: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones (wk), Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver, Sarah Taylor (wk), Danni Wyatt.
To join the squad for the June 24 match: Katie George, Lauren Winfield.

 

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New Zealand vs West Indies – T20I series preview

Following on from an increasingly uneven series of ODIs that resulted in a 3-0 win for New Zealand, the five match T20I series should be a more competitive affair.

New Zealand and the West Indies have two of the strongest T20I records in the post-WBBL era (2016- present).WT20I winloss 2016-13 Mar 2018

West Indies have never won a T20I (or any other international match) in New Zealand, but the 2016 World T20 Champions begin the series on a run of nine consecutive wins, the 3rd longest such run in women’s T20Is.  New Zealand have won their last six matches, their second longest T20I winning streak.

Neither team were troubled by their most recent T20I series, against the 7th & 8th ranked sides in the world, towards the end of last year:

The West Indies brushed aside Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series of T20Is at Coolidge in October.  Legspinner Afy Fletcher took her career best figures (5-13) in the 2nd match of the series and Deandra Dottin’s 112 in the 3rd match made her the first woman to score two T20I centuries.

New Zealand whitewashed Pakistan 4-0 at Sharjah in November, having made heavy work of the preceding ODI series.  Sophie Devine (158) and Suzie Bates (123) dominated the series run-scoring charts, while medium-pacer Hannah Rowe took the most wickets (6), despite only playing two games.


West Indies captain, Stafanie Taylor is the highest run scorer in T20Is since the start of 2016 (600 runs; ave 42.85; SR 104.52) and her opposite number, Suzie Bates is 3rd (534 runs; ave 35.60; SR 107.22).

Both Taylor (2,474) and Bates (2,337) are within touching distance of Charlotte Edwards’ T20I career runs record (2,605).  Deandra Dottin needs 41 more to become the 5th woman to bring up 2,000 T20I runs.

Dottin and Sophie Devine remain among the most devastating six hitters in world cricket.

T20I balls faced per six since start of 2016 (5+ sixes hit):
10.64 Chloe Tryon SA (11 sixes)
18.27 Sophie Devine NZ (11)
20.50 Lizelle Lee SA (14)
23.68 Harmanpreet Kaur IND (19)
26.42 Deandra Dottin WI (12)

Average rate of balls faced per T20I  six since the start of 2016: 74.58

Devine (147.26) and Dottin (131.86) are also 3rd and 5th respectively in terms of T20I strike rate (100+ balls faced) since the start of 2016.  The average batting SR since the start of 2016 is 98.28.

West Indies average the most runs per wicket (24.93) at the 2nd highest run rate (6.76 rpo) among batting sides since the start of 2016.  The average run rate for the period is 6.22 rpo.

While both teams have their share of powerful batters, they also stand out with the ball.  New Zealand (14.02 at 5.56 rpo) and West Indies (16.62 at 5.86 rpo) are respectively 1st & 2nd in terms of both fewest runs conceded per wicket, and the best overall economy rate as bowling sides since the start of 2016.

New Zealand’s squad contains 3 of the 5 most economical bowlers in T20Is (100+ balls bowled) since the start of 2016, in legspinner Amelia Kerr (4.15 rpo) and pace bowlers Holly Huddlestone (4.42) and Lea Tahuhu (4.75).  The average ER for the period is 6.11 rpo.

New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek (12.27) and Sophie Devine (13.58) feature at 2nd & 3rd in the bowling averages (10+ wickets taken since the start of 2016), closely followed by West Indies’ Afy Fletcher (13.83), Hayley Matthews (14.35) and Deandra Dottin (14.56) in 4th, 5th & 6th.


West Indies ‘big three’ (Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews) dominate the ICC’s player rankings.  Taylor and Matthews are ranked #1 in batting and bowling respectively, while Matthews, Taylor and Dottin together account for the top 3 spots in the T20I all-rounder rankings.

There may be some concern that none of those three had vintage years with the bat in the most recent WBBL season.  Matthews, Taylor and Dottin didn’t make a half-century between them in WBBL03 and they all finished the season with batting strike rates below the season average (104.88).

Several New Zealand players involved in WBBL03 on the other hand, had great success.  Suzie Bates (5th with 434 runs) Amy Satterthwaite (8th, 368) and Sophie Devine (9th, 355) all finished among the top 10 run-scorers, and all three had above average strike rates.  Devine’s 17 sixes took her WBBL career tally to 40, the highest for any player.  Bates’ 964 WBBL career runs are the most by an overseas player and 10th most overall.

NZ&WI in WBBL03 batting

New Zealanders have been among the most successful overseas batters in the WBBL. Satterthwaite has the 11th most career runs (929), former White Fern, Sara McGlashan is 12th (854), Devine 13th (849), Stafanie Taylor is the highest ranked West Indian in 14th (829), and Rachel Priest is 15th (776).

Wicketkeeper Priest can count herself unlucky that she has recently fallen out of favour for international selection.  Priest finished WBBL03 with her best runs total for a WBBL season (264), and also had the highest batting strike rate of any New Zealand players involved in the tournament this season (118.92).  Priest also topped the charts for runs, strike rate, boundaries and fifties in the KSL in England in 2017, and made the most keeping dismissals in New Zealand’s 2017/18 domestic T20 competition, despite only playing six matches.

Sophie Devine had a stellar season with the ball in WBBL03, finishing as Adelaide Strikers’ equal highest wicket taker.  Devine’s 17 wickets were the 4th most taken in WBBL03.  Lea Tahuhu was Melbourne Renegades’ top wicket taker (16) and 8th overall for the season.  Her Renegades teammate, Hayley Jensen took 15 wickets, resulting in an international recall.  Their captain, Amy Satterthwaite’s 11 wickets combined with her 368 runs earned her player of the tournament.

NZ&WI in WBBL03 bowling

Stafanie Taylor had another good season with the ball for Sydney Thunder (15 wickets), mitigating for her disappointing run with the bat.  Her 4-15 vs Hobart Hurricanes were the 3rd best bowling figures in WBBL03.  Deandra Dottin was solid, if not particularly prolific with the ball for Brisbane Heat, while Hayley Matthews had a difficult season for last-placed Hobart Hurricanes, though she did improve as the season progressed.


Women’s T20I series – New Zealand vs West Indies

Overall record
Matches: 14
New Zealand wins: 8
West Indies wins: 4
Ties: 1
n/r: 1

Most recent results:
NZ won by 32 runs at Queen’s Park, Invercargill, 1 March 2014
NZ won by 24 runs at Queen’s Park, Invercargill, 5 March 2014
NZ won by 8 wickets at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 8 March 2014
NZ won by 34 runs at Bay Oval No 2, Mount Maunganui, 9 March 2014
NZ won by 7 wickets at Arnos Vale, Kingstown, 23 Sep 2014
WI won by 7 wickets at Arnos Vale, Kingstown, 25 Sep 2014
Match tied at Arnos Vale, Kingstown, 27 Sep 2014
WI won by 6 runs at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, 31 March 2016 (World T20)


FIXTURES

14th March – 1st T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
16th March – 2nd T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
20th March – 3rd T20I at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
22nd March – 4th T20I at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
25th March – 5th T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton


SQUADS

New Zealand: Suzie Bates (c), Amy Satterthwaite (vc), Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Kate Heffernan, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed (vc), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Tremayne Smart