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