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New Zealand and England aiming for ICC Women’s Championship advances

In the first round against India last August, England secured five out of a possible six points, after winning the first two ODIs in Scarborough.

New Zealand and England aiming for ICC Women’s Championship advances - Cricket News
New Zealand is likely to call upon its highest-ranked batter, Suzie Bates.
New Zealand will host England in the final pairing of round two of the ICC Women’s Championship in a three-ODI series that starts in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, as both sides bid to gain some ground on early pace-setter Australia.
 
In all, the series will feature three One-Day Internationals as part of the ICC Women’s Championship, followed by three Twenty20 Internationals and two further ODIs. In the matches that count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, a 3-0 series win would vault fifth-placed England into second, while the White Ferns, currently scoreless in the Championship table to date, has a chance to overtake India and Sri Lanka.
 
In the first round against India last August, England secured five out of a possible six points, after winning the first two ODIs in Scarborough.
 
England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said: “The new ICC Women’s Championship (WC) is already proving to be a superb initiative for the international women’s game.  Every ODI series that we now play is equally important, carrying that extra level of significance by counting towards qualification for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England.  This naturally stimulates excitement and interest across the game. 
 
“It feels like a very long time since we played our first round of matches in the ICC WC against India last summer, so we can’t wait to get to New Zealand and hopefully hit the ground running when the first ODI gets underway on February 11th.”  
 
England captain Charlotte Edwards is the highest-ranked batter on either side in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, and lies just four points adrift of Australia’s Meg Lanning, who tops the rankings on 727 points. Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor is a further place, and 16 points, adrift in third position. The visitor also has two further batters inside the top 20 heading into the series, Lydia Greenway (12th) and Heather Knight (15th).
 
Host New Zealand, who lost its opening round clash in St. Kitts to West Indies 3-0 back in September, is likely to call upon its highest-ranked batter, seventh-placed skipper Suzie Bates, who is 16 points behind West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.
Bates was named Player of the Tournament at the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013, striking 407 runs, including three half-centuries and one ton to lead her side to fourth place and also be named captain of the team of the tournament. Amy Satterthwaite is the next highest-ranked New Zealand batter in 16th position, three points behind Knight, while Sophie Devine is one ranking place outside the top 20.
In the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, second-placed England bowler Jenny Gunn has the chance to close the gap on top-ranked West Indies’ bowler Stafanie Taylor, which currently stands at 18 points.
 
Medium-pacer Gunn is joined in the top 10 by her team-mate Katherine Brunt (fifth place), while the host’s top-ranked bowler is left-armer Morna Nielsen (17th).
 
West Indies all-rounder Taylor, who was adjudged Player of the Tournament at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011, is also in pole position in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for All-roundersand holds a commanding 184-point lead over second placed Australian Ellyse Perry.
 
The three ODI matches will take place at Mt. Maunganui on 11, 13 and 15 February as part of the seven-round ICC Women’s Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
 
Squads
 
New Zealand (from): Suzie Bates (captain), Erin Birmingham, Kate Broadmore, Sophie Devine, Georgia Guy, Holly Huddleston, Sara McGlashan, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu
 
England (from): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Cross, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper), Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

Forthcoming Fixtures

New Zealand v England
11 Feb – First ODI, Mount Maunganui
13 Feb – Second ODI, Mount Maunganui
15 Feb – Third ODI, Mount Maunganui

Points table:
Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR
Australia 6 6 0 0 0 12 0.952
ISouth Africa 6 3 2 0 1 7 0.334
West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 6 0.584
Pakistan 6 3 3 0 0 6 -0.398
England 3 2 0 0 1 5 0.686
Sri Lanka 6 1 4 0 1 3 -0.347
India 6 1 4 0 1 3 -0.371
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.712
 
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
Background to the ICC Women’s Championship:
 
The ICC Women's Championship is being contested by the following eight teams who were seeded according to their rankings following the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013:
1.     Australia
2.     West Indies
3.     England
4.     New Zealand
5.     Sri Lanka
6.     South Africa
7.     India
8.     Pakistan
 
Following the completion of the round-robin matches, the final standings of the points table will represent each team’s final event ranking, and the top four teams will automatically qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.  The bottom four teams will have a second chance to progress to the pinnacle event of women’s cricket through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.

Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 8 February ahead of New Zealand-England series):  
Batting
 
Rank     Player                    Team     Points       Avge         Highest Ranking
   1           Meg Lanning        Aus         727*!    45.64     727 v WI at Bowral 2014
   2           C. Edwards           Eng         723!       38.07     723 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   3           Sarah Taylor        Eng         707        39.71     803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   4           Mithali Raj           Ind          680        48.88     839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   5           H. Kaur                  Ind          678*!    36.38     678 v SA at Bangalore 2014
   6           Stafanie Taylor    WI          675        43.14     765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   7           Suzie Bates           NZ          651        37.20     734 v WI at Kingston 2013
   8           Deandra Dottin    WI          594        26.98     650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   9           Jessica Cameron  Aus         580        37.63     660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
  10         Alex Blackwell     Aus         561         33.16     683 v Ind at Canberra 2008
Selected Rankings:
 
Rank      Player                 Team     Points        Avge         Highest Ranking
12           Lydia Greenway  Eng         557        30.29     664 v NZ at Lincoln 2012
15           Heather Knight    Eng         527        29.41     537 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
16           A. Satterthwaite   NZ          524        27.49     653 v Aus at Sydney 2012
21           Sophie Devine      NZ          470        23.23     473 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2014
23           Sara McGlashan  NZ          428        22.63     573 v Eng at Derby 2007
29           Rachel Priest         NZ          391*!    24.15     391 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2014
32           Katie Perkins        NZ          381*      28.87     422 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2014
44           Jenny Gunn          Eng         335        20.69     522 v Aus at Melbourne 2008
45           Natalie Sciver       Eng         330*!    43.25     330 v Ind at Scarborough 2014

Bowling
Rank      Player                 Team   Points  Average  Economy     Highest Ranking
   1           Stafanie Taylor    WI          711        17.44     3.04       768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2           Jenny Gunn          Eng         693!       27.00     3.73       693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   3           Jhulan Goswami  Ind          676        21.05     3.19       796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
   4           A. Mohammed    WI          655        17.66     3.28       704 v Aus at Sydney 2014
   5           Katherine Brunt   Eng         653        21.52     3.29       796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   6           Shanel Daley        WI          616        22.09     3.33       664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
   7           Sana Mir               Pak         590        23.84     3.46       598 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
   8           D. van Niekerk     SA           578*      15.48     3.27       583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   9           Erin Osborne        Aus         564        25.82     3.98       581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
  10         Shibnam Ismail   SA           560*      18.61     3.49       595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

Selected Rankings:
  15         Danielle Hazell     Eng         516*      33.34     3.93       517 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
  17         Morna Nielsen      NZ          498*!    26.03     3.66       498 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2014
  23         Sian Ruck             NZ          447*      32.75     3.68       538 v WI at Kingston 2013
  28         Nicola Browne     NZ          434        34.14     3.94       663 v Eng at Derby 2011
  45         Sophie Devine      NZ          294        40.43     4.40       510 v Ind at Sydney 2009
  46         Suzie Bates           NZ          288        30.22     5.17       294 v WI at Lincoln 2014

All-rounders
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points                    Highest Ranking
  1          Stafanie Taylor       WI          480                      560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
  2          Ellyse Perry               Aus        296!                    296 v WI at Bowral 2014
  3          Marizanne Kapp     SA         269*/*                 273 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  4          D. van Niekerk         SA         258*/*!               258 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  5          J. Goswami               Ind         233                      245 v Aus at Ahmedabad 2012