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No.1 ranked Australia favourite to win fourth consecutive ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title

13 March 2016 16:32

No.1 ranked Australia favourite to win fourth consecutive ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title
 - Cricket News

Australia has won three out of four ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournaments to date.

Meg Lanning’s Australia has won three out of four ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournaments to date, and it is no surprise that the number-one ranked T20I side in the world will start this competition as clear favourite.

England is the only other side to have won the tournament when it clinched the inaugural edition of the competition in 2009 in its backyard. Charlotte Edward’s side is closely behind Australia in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings having finished as runner-up in the 2012 and 2014.

Host India is coming into this tournament following a home series win against Sri Lanka. Mithali Raj’s girls will be keen to fully utilise familiar conditions and pull off a few surprise results against higher ranked Australia, England and third-ranked New Zealand.

The 10 women’s sides are divided into two groups, with Group A featuring Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka and Group B including India, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Indies. The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Based on the teams’ rankings Australia and New Zealand are expected to progress to the semi-finals from Group A, while England is likely to top Group B. This means fight for the second place in this group is between India and the West Indies.

The women’s matches will begin on 15 March when host India will take on Bangladesh in an afternoon match starting at 15h00 Bengaluru, whilst New Zealand will play Sri Lanka in an evening match starting at 19h30 in Delhi.



The fifth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will feature 10 sides, with eight teams from the ICC Women’s Championship joined by Bangladesh and Ireland, which claimed the top two positions in the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Qualifier 2015.

A total of 23 matches will be played in the women’s competition, including the semi-finals and the final which will be played before the men’s knock-out matches on the same day and at the same venues. Out of 23 women’s matches, the ICC will produce broadcast coverage of a record 13 matches, which, in turn will be carried around the world by ICC’s Global Broadcast Partner Star Sports and other broadcast partners.

On the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings, 59 points separate top-ranked Australia (129 points) from eighth-ranked Sri Lanka (70 points). England is second on 122 points, followed by New Zealand (114), India (111), West Indies (101), South Africa (94), Pakistan (80), Sri Lanka (70), Bangladesh (47) and Ireland (31).

Australia has an impressive record in the tournament, having won 15 out of a total of 20 matches to date. Nevertheless, it is coming into this tournament having lost T20I series’ to India and New Zealand this year.

Meg Lanning is the number-one ranked batter on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Rankings, but she is the only Australia batter to feature inside the top 10. Alex Blackwell, Ellyse Perry and Elyse Villani are in 14th, 15th and 16th positions respectively, while Alyssa Healy in in 18th.

Amongst the bowlers, third-ranked Perry is Australia’s highest-ranked bowler, with Jess Jonassen (ninth), Rene Farrell (11th), and Megan Schutt (18th) the other bowlers to figure in the top 20.

England enters the tournament at the back of a 2-1 series win against South Africa. Second-ranked Sarah Taylor is her side’s highest-ranked batter, while captain Charlotte Edwards is sitting in fourth position. Amongst the bowlers, England has possession of the top two spots, thanks to Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Hazell.

New Zealand has played a total of 19 matches in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 competition and has lost just five. Suzie Bates’ side will start the competition believing that it has a great shot at winning the competition this year.

And giving a boost to its ambitions is the fact that a large number of its players feature prominently in the charts, led by Bates (second) and Sophie Devine (10th) in the batting table and Morna Nielsen (fourth) is the bowling category.



Host India, which got the better of Australia in Australia at the end of January this year, will be confident of a good performance. Its middle-order batter and captain Mithali Raj is sitting in fifth spot, while fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is 12th.

Amongst the all-rounders, Australia’s Perry is in top position, followed by Dane van Niekerk of South Africa and Salma Khatun of Bangladesh. Bismah Maroof of Pakistan is in seventh while Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardene features in ninth place.

The leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 are Edwards with 566 runs and Perry with 24 wickets.

Australia will go in as the top-ranked side in the tournament, but seven of the eight ICC women’s championship teams have been in action earlier this year, and have shown great fight and potential proving that this tournament will have a number of serious contenders.

While the team rankings will be updated after each match, the player rankings will not be updated until after the conclusion of second-round matches on 28 March.


MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Rankings (as on 13 March)

Rank Team Points

1. Australia 129

2. England 122

3. New Zealand 114

4. India 111

5. West Indies 101

6. South Africa 94

7. Pakistan 80

8. Sri Lanka 70

9. Bangladesh 47

10. Ireland 31

(Developed by David Kendix)



MRF Tyres ICC T20I Women’s Player Rankings (as on 13 March)

Batting (top 25)


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/Rate HS Rating

1 ( - ) Meg Lanning Aus 673 30.64 118 717 v WI at Melbourne 2014

2 ( - ) Sarah Taylor Eng 660 31.82 111 721 v Aus at Chelmsford 2013

3 ( - ) Suzie Bates NZ 657 26.63 107 659 v SL at Sylhet 2014

4 ( - ) C Edwards Eng 647 32.04 106 812 v Pak at Taunton 2009

5 ( - ) Mithali Raj Ind 622 36.15 102 761 v WI at Ahmedabad 2011

6 ( - ) Stafanie Taylor WI 616 35.67 105 770 v NZ at St Lucia 2010

7 ( - ) Deandra Dottin WI 604 24.98 126 649 v Eng at Bridgetown 2013

8 ( - ) Bismah Maroof Pak 577 28.04 84 579 v Ban at Karachi 2015

9 ( - ) M du Preez SA 543 22.65 96 552 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016

10 (+1) Sophie Devine NZ 532 24.11 113 560 v SL at Christchurch 2015

11 (-1) D van Niekerk SA 528 26.66 86 543 v Eng at Cape Town 2016

12 ( - ) H Kaur Ind 526 22.02 93 594 v Aus at Visakhapatnam 2012

13 (+1) Lizelle Lee SA 517! 23.96 94 517 v WI at Cape Town 2016

14 (-1) Alex Blackwell Aus 510 20.60 94 566 v Eng at Canberra 2011

15 ( - ) Ellyse Perry Aus 497! 26.46 105 497 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

16 ( - ) Elyse Villani Aus 493 26.85 113 591 v Ire at Dublin 2015

17 ( - ) Isobel Joyce Ire 491 20.96 93 528 v Pak at Sylhet 2014

18 ( - ) Alyssa Healy Aus 490 19.47 113 513 v Ire at Dublin 2015

19 ( - ) Lydia Greenway Eng 488 25.25 96 601 v SA at Potchefstroom 2011

20 ( - ) C Shillington Ire 468 17.40 96 612 v Pak at Dublin 2013

21 ( - ) C Jayangani SL 466 16.53 87 482 v NZ at Nelson 2015

22 (+1) Cecelia Joyce Ire 447 ! 19.78 76 447 v Ban at Bangkok 2015

23 (+1) Salma Khatun Ban 442* 17.90 88 452 v SL at Sylhet 2014

24= (+1) S.D.Siriwardene SL 433 18.60 84 521 v Ban at Sylhet 2014

(-2) Trisha Chetty SA 433 17.57 90 522 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013



Bowlers (top 25)


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco. HS Rating Ranking

1 ( - ) A Shrubsole Eng 669 12.73 5.52 678 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

2 ( - ) Danielle Hazell Eng 642 19.22 5.22 685 v NZ at Chelmsford 2011

3 ( - ) Ellyse Perry Aus 641 19.12 5.73 686 v NZ at Nelson 2010

4 ( - ) Morna Nielsen NZ 630 17.92 5.05 653 v Ind at Bangalore 2015

5 ( - ) A Mohammed WI 625 14.76 5.23 673 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011

6 (+1) Shabnim Ismail SA 606 19.36 5.67 610 v WI at Johannesburg 2016

7 (-1) Salma Khatun Ban 601 14.57 4.52 650 v Ire at Sylhet 2014

8 ( - ) I Ranaweera SL 576 16.00 5.31 594 v Ind at Ranchi 2016

9 ( - ) Jess Jonassen Aus 564 19.40 5.34 598 v Ire at Dublin 2015

10 (+2) D van Niekerk SA 559 17.86 5.28 566 v Eng at Paarl 2016

11 (-1) Rene Farrell Aus 558 19.94 6.14 577 v Ind at Sydney 2016

12 (-1) Jhulan Goswami Ind 556 19.40 5.30 671 v Aus at Visakhapatnam 2012

13 ( - ) U Prabodhani SL 538 21.80 4.92 657 v Ban at Sylhet 2014

14 ( - ) Sana Mir Pak 537 19.46 5.01 636 v Ban at Dublin 2012

15 ( - ) Nida Dar Pak 536 18.48 4.97 613 v SA at Doha 2014

16 ( - ) Poonam Yadav Ind 524* 11.23 5.40 533 v SL at Ranchi 2016

17 ( - ) Lea Tahuhu NZ 514* 16.60 5.39 524 v Aus at Wellington 2016

18= ( - ) M Daniels SA 507 25.64 4.78 516 v WI at Durban 2016

(+1) Megan Schutt Aus 507*! 20.53 5.96 507 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

20 ( - ) H.Siriwardene SL 501 19.95 5.44 603 v Eng at Sylhet 2014

21 ( - ) Sarah Coyte Aus 498 20.82 6.10 657 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2012

22 ( - ) Isobel Joyce Ire 494 27.17 5.45 563 v SA at Solihull 2014

23 ( - ) Katherine Brunt Eng 493 18.91 4.85 685 v SA at St Kitts (WP) 2010

24 ( - ) Kim Garth Ire 492 19.25 5.55 503 v Aus at Dublin 2015

25 (+1) Anam Amin Pak 491*! 21.84 4.89 491 v WI at St George's 2015



All-rounders (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Ranking



1 ( - ) Ellyse Perry Aus 319! 319 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

2 ( - ) D van Niekerk SA 295 302 v Eng at Cape Town 2016

3 ( - ) Salma Khatun Ban 266*/ 292 v Ire at Sylhet 2014

4 ( - ) Stafanie Taylor WI 259 422 v SL at Bridgetown 2012

5 ( - ) Isobel Joyce Ire 243 291 v Aus at Sylhet 2014

6 ( - ) Suzie Bates NZ 242 274 v Aus at Taunton 2011

7 ( - ) Bismah Maroof Pak 238 248 v Ire at Doha 2014

8 ( - ) Sophie Devine NZ 220 304 v Eng at Hove 2010

9 (+1) S Siriwardene SL 217 309 v Eng at Sylhet 2014

10 (-1) Deandra Dottin WI 214 226 v SA at Durban 2016