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England looks to overtake leaders Australia in ICC Women’s Championship

Series clean sweep can elevate England to pole position; Leader Australia bids to extend lead

England looks to overtake leaders Australia in ICC Women’s Championship - Cricket News
A 3-0 series victory would elevate Charlotte Edwards’ side, who currently lie in sixth position on seven points, to the top of the table.

England has a chance to claim pole position in the ICC Women’s Championship table if it can blank leaders Australia when they go head to head in round three of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts in Taunton on Tuesday.

A 3-0 series victory would elevate Charlotte Edwards’ side, who currently lie in sixth position on seven points, to the top of the table. A 2-1 win would also improve England’s position to joint second, though in that scenario the Southern Stars would also increase its advantage to three points. Standing in the host’s way is an in-form Australia side that has secured victories against Pakistan and the West Indies, without reply, in the opening two rounds of the ICC Women’s Championship to date. Should it maintain its undefeated run, a 3-0 win for Meg Lanning’s team would see it increase its lead to seven points over second placed South Africa, while a 2-1 triumph would see its lead at the top stretch to five points.

Australia will also be motivated to regain the Women’s Ashes it lost on home soil the last time the two sides met in 2013. In fact, Australia hasn’t won a series in England since 2001 and has only claimed the coveted prize once (in 2010-11) in that period.

The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and is being participated in by Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The top four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship will gain automatic qualification for the event proper which is to be staged in England, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017. The tournament structure sees each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period.

Looking ahead to the start of the women’s Ashes, England captain Charlotte Edwards commented: “The 2015 Women’s Ashes is possibly the most eagerly anticipated series that I have ever been involved with during my international playing career. The excitement throughout the England squad is tangible – we have been preparing hard for this for a long time now, and everyone is ready for the action to get underway on Tuesday in Taunton.

“This summer we hope that more fans than ever before will come to watch us play.  The seven match multi-format series – involving for the first time ever, two fully professional international women’s teams –gives us the perfect platform to inspire women and girls everywhere to love and play cricket. Australia are currently ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC World T20 champions, but we have won the Women’s Ashes back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, so the series is sure to be closely contested, and we will be doing everything we can to make it three in a row.”

Australia captain Meg Lanning said: “It’s been a big 12 months for the Southern Stars and we’re looking forward to taking on England in the upcoming Women’s Ashes series. The multi-format series has been a great success and we are looking forward to another competitive series against England and will be doing everything in our power to win back the Women’s Ashes. It will not be an easy task, particularly as we have not won the Women’s Ashes on English soil since 2001. England are our fiercest rivals and we anticipate a competitive series that will go down to the wire.

“The ODI Series will be particularly important for both teams as we will be playing for Women’s Ashes points as well as ICC Women’s Championship points. The introduction of the ICC Women’s Championship has been a very positive step for women’s cricket and as the reigning World Cup champions, these matches are crucial to our campaign towards the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England. Cricket contests between Australia and England have a special place in the hearts and minds of the players and public and we, like the Australian men’s team, hope that we can inspire the next generation of players and fans and do our nation proud in our respective Ashes series.”

England head into series with the two leading batters in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters. England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor lies on top of the rankings and holds a 15-point lead over the experienced Edwards who will be aiming to lead guide her nation to its third consecutive Ashes victory. Next in line is Southern Stars skipper Lanning who will be aiming for upward movement and is just four points behind Edwards in third place. Lanning is one of three Australians inside the top 10 and that list includes Jessica Cameron (in ninth place on 580 points) and Alex Blackwell who is 19 points behind in 10th. There are three more players inside the top 20 in contention in this series; Australia’s Ellyse Perry (13th), as well as England duo Lydia Greenway (17th) and Heather Knight (20th).

In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, the top 10 features England pair Katherine Brunt (third), who will be aiming to reduce the seven-point deficit on West Indies star Anisa Mohammed, and Jenny Gunn (fifth). Erin Osborne is the highest ranked Australia bowler in 10th place and Perry lies one place, and 17 points, behind her team-mate. England’s Laura Marsh (19th) is named alongside a number of bowlers on both sides who will be looking to improve their rankings over the course of the series.

Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies continues to lead the all-rounders’ tables, however Australia’s Perry, who lies in third place on 296 points, will be looking to close the 11-point gap on India’s Jhulan Goswami.

Squads

England (from): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Cross, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lauren Winfield

Australia (from): Meg Lanning (captain), Kristin Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani

Forthcoming fixtures:

England v Australia

21 July – First ODI, Taunton
23 July – Second ODI, Bristol
26 July – Third ODI, Worcester


Points table:

ICC Women's Championship 2014 - 2016

Teams

P

W

L

Tie

N/R

Points

NRR

Australia

6

6

0

0

0

12

0.952

South Africa

9

5

3

0

1

11

0.097

West Indies

9

5

4

0

0

10

0.382

Pakistan

9

4

5

0

0

8

-0.145

New Zealand

9

4

5

0

0

8

-0.509

England

6

3

2

0

1

7

0.308

Sri Lanka

9

2

6

0

1

5

-0.232

India

9

2

6

0

1

5

-0.286

 

 

Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result

ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 19 July, ahead of England-Australia series):  

Batters

 

Rank    Player                   Team         Pts          Ave         HS Ranking

   1           Sarah Taylor        Eng         746        40.83     803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

   2           C. Edwards           Eng         731        38.49     749 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

   3           Meg Lanning        Aus         727*!    45.64     727 v WI at Bowral 2014

   4           Mithali Raj           Ind          679        48.82     839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

   5           Suzie Bates           NZ          674        36.54     734 v WI at Kingston 2013

   6           Stafanie Taylor    WI          657        43.26     765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

   7           H. Kaur                  Ind          643        35.62     678 v SA at Bangalore 2014

   8           Deandra Dottin    WI          620        28.73     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      Pts          Ave         HS Ranking
13           Ellyse Perry           Aus         542!       36.03     542 v WI at Bowral 2014
17           Lydia Greenway  Eng         517        29.79     664 v NZ at Lincoln 2012
20           Heather Knight    Eng         497        28.11     537 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
25           Nicole Bolton       Aus         418*!    53.22     418 v WI at Bowral 2014
30           Natalie Sciver       Eng         389*!    38.71     389 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
31           Erin Osborne         Aus         385*      24.50     398 v WI at Sydney 2014

Bowling

Rank     Player                   Team     Points    Average Economy           Highest Ranking

   1           Jhulan Goswami  Ind          765        20.98     3.16       796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   2           A. Mohammed    WI          672        17.38     3.22       704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

   3           Katherine Brunt   Eng         665        22.65     3.32       796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

   4           Stafanie Taylor    WI          659        18.14     3.08       768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   5           Jenny Gunn          Eng         619        27.66     3.75       693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014

   6           Sana Mir               Pak         602        23.28     3.41       610 v SA at Sharjah 2015

   7           Shibnam Ismail   SA           583*      18.40     3.45       595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   8           D. van Niekerk     SA           579*      16.13     3.24       583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014

   9           Shanel Daley        WI          568        22.09     3.33       664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014

  10         Erin Osborne         Aus         564        25.82     3.98       581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014

Selected Rankings:

  11         Ellyse Perry           Aus         547        24.00     4.29       698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

  19         Laura Marsh        Eng         461        27.61     3.88       711 v Aus at Perth 2011

  21         Sarah Coyte         Aus         442*      20.94     4.24       482 v Eng at Hove 2013

  24         Jess Jonassen        Aus         441*!    21.46     4.26       441 v WI at Bowral 2014

  27         Anya Shrubsole   Eng         422*      27.35     4.36       442 v NZ at Bay Oval 2015

  29         Julie Hunter          Aus         414*      24.87     3.68       437 v Pak at Brisbane 2014

  38         Rene Farrell          Aus         368*      27.27     3.92       456 v Eng at Perth 2011

  41         Rebecca Grundy  Eng         346*!    19.71     3.45       346 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

  42         Kate Cross            Eng         343*!    23.15     4.36       343 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

  46         Megan Schutt       Aus         335*      21.30     4.40       367 v Eng at Hove 2013

All-rounders

 

Rank     Player                 Team     Points                        Highest Ranking

   1           Stafanie Taylor    WI          433                        560 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   2           J. Goswami           Ind          307!                       307 v NZ at Bangalore 2015

   3           Ellyse Perry           Aus         296!                       296 v WI at Bowral 2014

   4           D. van Niekerk     SA           281*/*!                 281 v Pak at Sharjah 2015

   5           Suzie Bates           NZ          255!                       255 v Ind at Bangalore 2015

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