After the defeat in the first match against India, England will face defending champion Australia in the second match of the tournament. In the 35 matches England has won 18 while Australia has won 16. But in their previous encounter, Australia has won the series by 2-1 which was the part of women ashes. While Australia will try to maintain their winning streak, England will try to break the jinx.
In the practice matches while Australia won the match 98 runs due to the partnership of Meg Lanning and Elyse Perry, England won the match 47 runs due to the batting brilliance of Danielle Wyatt. However, they faced a major setback against India as their top order collapsed.
In their previous encounter, Meg Lanning hit unbeaten 133 and 43 to win the series while Megan Schutt picked the highest wicket for the Southern Stars. While almost all of the England batters contributed to the scores but most of the time in vain. Danielle Wyatt, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont all helped the English side to win the last match of the series. Seamer Katherin Brunt and spinner Sophie Ecclestone picked up 4 and 6 wickets respectively in Ashes. Both of them shared 6 wickets when both the team met for the last time to secure a 17-run victory.
Meg Lanning’s team could not ask for a better way to prepare than this CommBank T20I Tri-Series, which will pit the three combatants against each other in six matches across two weekends, before a final on February 12. Australia have lost just three T20Is since the start of 2018 – two of those to England and the other to India.
“In all our games against India and England in the past they’ve been really great contests, with high-quality cricket so we’re expecting no different this time around,It’s about finding the best form and the right combination,” Lanning said in Canberra on Friday.
While Australia will look forward to formulate a secure playing XI England will try to rectify themselves. However, England will again bank on Wyatt and Amy Jones to give them a solid start and Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont to finish innings. Or if they push Beaumont to the opening slot, Jones can be demoted down the order.
Spin department will be operated by Sara Glenn and Sophie Eccleston and at times part-time spin of Heather Knight could be handy. As evident from the previous match, spinners are going to play a crucial role to check runs in middle overs and even pick up the wickets. Australia too have useful spinners in the form of Gardner, Molineux, Burns, Wareham, Jonassen.
Australia pace bowling will be dependent upon Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry and the young pace guns Vlaeminck and Sutherland. Australia will bank on the opening partnership of Healy and Mooney for a blasting start while Lanning, Burns, Perry, Gardner, Molineux will solidify their innings.
Armed with a new coach in Australian Lisa Keightley, Knight believes her new-look side carry no scars from that campaign.”We’ve made a lot of changes since the Ashes. We’ve really changed how we go about things as a side. “We’ve taken more ownership as individuals in the team and we’re really clear about how we want to go about things moving forward. Now we can see against two of the best teams in the world how we’re going.” Knight said.