A Guide to the Australia-England Women’s Cricket World Cup Final:-
When: Sunday April 3rd, 1pm NZDT (11am)
Where: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
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Since the first tournament in 1973, Australia (six titles) and England (four titles) have claimed all but one Women’s World Cup, however, this is their first meeting in the final in 34 years, which marked the occasion further. also extended. Australia are the red-hot favourites, with eight straight wins in New Zealand and an unbeaten Ashes series before their arrival. England have been riding the momentum of the tournament of late and are looking to defend their title for the first time.
Captain: Meg Lanning
Group Stage: First: Seven wins.
Semi-Final: Beat West Indies by 157 runs at Basin Reserve, Wellington
Coach Matthew Mott says he couldn’t have asked for more from Australia to reach the final, which featured eight straight victories including monster Australian totals and a tight bowling performance. Perhaps the most diagnostic was hosts New Zealand’s dissolution of 141 runs, when Ash Gardner scored 48 off 18 and Darcy Brown took three wickets at a fast pace. The big question is whether Ellyse Perry will be at her best if she plays after a back injury last week. Either way there is a sense of inevitability with this team, which boasts match-winners throughout the squad, let alone the starting team.
Batsman to watch: Meg Lanning. The time comes, the captain comes. Lanning has delivered three big knocks at key points in this tournament – 86 against England, 97 against India and 135 not out against South Africa – and against an opponent he knows well.
Bowler to watch: Jess Jonassen. Produced last-over heroism against England in his group-stage win, but was dropped against New Zealand and spoke of his mental struggle to warm up to the tournament. She returns with style to claim more wickets and the best economy rate of any Australian.
Captain: Heather Knight
Group Stage: Third: Four wins, three losses.
Semi-Final: Beat South Africa by 137 runs at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Australia stood on the verge of being eliminated after losing to the West Indies and South Africa – all on the back of a winless Ashes campaign that saw England down and out. It all turned into Mount Maunganui when they restricted India to just 134 runs and chased it down within 32 overs. Knight’s team then registered a one-wicket win over New Zealand at Eden Park and took home wins with thumping victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh. While they were lucky to make the last four, their performance in the semi-finals was no doubt, scoring 293 against South Africa and winning by 137 runs.
Batsman to watch: Nat Sciver. The only woman to score a century against Australia this month, Sciver boasts of the technique and flair to put together big innings. She is England’s highest run-scorer in this tournament and top-scored in her final breakthrough last time. Australia won’t realize they have control over England’s top order until they are back in the shade.
Bowler to watch: Sophie Ecclestone. With 20 wickets in New Zealand, he is at the top of the wicket-takers after 6–36 against South Africa in the semi-final. However, Australia feel they have control over the offspinner after the Ashes campaign. Beth Mooney was quick to point out her 0-77 figures at the World Cup meet four weeks ago.