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    Australia and West Indies gear up for top-of-the-table ICC Women’s Championship series

    Australia, the reigning world champion, and the West Indies are on equal points after the first round, but the visitors occupy the top spot due to their better net run-rate
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    Lanning: “We are expecting a fierce contest for the top spot on the ladder”


    Aguilleira: “We top the standings right now and want to be there when the series is finished”
     
    Australia will host the West Indies in a top-of-the-table clash in round two of the ICC Women’s Championship, as the early pace-setters look to cement their advantage in what is set to be a thrilling series in Sydney (which will host the opening two ODI’s) and then Bowral.
     
    Australia, the reigning world champion, and the West Indies are on equal points after the first round, but the visitors occupy the top spot due to their better net run-rate. Australia blanked out Pakistan while the West Indies brushed aside New Zealand in first round matches.
     
    The 11, 13 and 16 November matches will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup. The top four sides from this event will progress to the 2017 event 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 will see 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.
     
    Later this month, India will host South Africa in another second round fixture. The matches will be played in Bengaluru on 24, 26 and 28 November, while schedule of Pakistan-Sri Lanka and England-New Zealand matches will be announced in due course.
     

    In the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, West Indies’ vice-captain Stafanie Taylor in fourth position is the highest-ranked batter from either side, 10 points adrift of fellow ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year nominee, England’s Sarah Taylor.
     
    In all, there are three Australia players inside the top 10, with Jessica Cameron and captain Meg Lanning tied in seventh place on 635 points. Both the batters have India’s Harmanpreet Kaur’s in their sights, who holds a 10-point advantage.

    Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, again it’s West Indies all-rounder Taylor who leads the way. The 23-year-old number-one ranked Jamaican off-spinner currently holds a commanding 27-point lead at the top, with her team-mate Anisa Mohammed behind her in second place and Shanel Daley another three places back in fifth.
     
    Australia’s Erin Osborne is the highest-ranked player for the hosts in ninth place and will be aiming to reduce Pakistan’s Sana Mir’s 23-point lead. Ellyse Perry lies in 11th place, having improved her ratings place by one following her side’s opening round series victory over Pakistan.
     
    Rival captains Lanning and Aguilleira expected an exciting and thrilling series.
     
    Looking ahead to the series, Lanning said: “The introduction of the ICC Women’s Championship has been a very positive step for women’s cricket. To have the opportunity to host Pakistan in a bilateral series was a unique experience for our team and we really enjoyed the competitive nature of the ODI matches.
     
    “As the reigning ICC Women’s World Cup champion, it was a huge honour to play the first official match of the inaugural Championship and every series that we play is an integral step in our campaign towards the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
     
    “We are looking forward to the second round of the ICC Women’s Championship when we take on the West Indies, whom we currently share top position on the points table. We are expecting a fierce contest for the top spot on the ladder and we have a squad that is well equipped to prevail.
     
    “We are excited that Cricket Australia will be live streaming the matches and we hope that our fans all over the world tune in to support us.”
     
    Previewing the series, Aguilleira said: “During the series against New Zealand, we had a mission - we wanted to win every game and we accomplished it. We gave evidence that we were maturing as a team. We had players coming out in every match and putting their hands up and performing. There is still room for improvement however, and we are looking forward to this new challenge against Australia.
     
    “Our previous trip to Australia was for the ICC Women’s World Cup five years ago and we did not have much success, so we want to continue working hard and making progress to leave a lasting impression. We need to remain focused because it will be a tough contest. We top the standings right now and want to be there when the series is finished.”
     
    Squads
     
    Australia (from): Meg Lanning (captain), Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Alyssa Healy (wkt), Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani

    West Indies (from): Merissa Aguilleira (captain/wkt), Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor

    Forthcoming fixtures:

    Australia v West Indies
    11 Nov – First ODI, Sydney
    13 Nov – Second ODI, Sydney
    16 Nov – Third ODI, Bowral

    Live Cricket

    The Australia-West Indies series will be livestreamed via the Cricket Australia website
     
    Points Table
     
    Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR For Against
    West Indies 3 3 0 0 0 6 1.712 465/107.5 392/150
    Australia 3 3 0 0 0 6 1.357 477/93.4 467/125
    England 3 2 0 0 1 5 0.686 367/80.1 312/80.1
    South Africa 3 1 1 0 1 3 0.583 364/77 315/76
    Sri Lanka 3 1 1 0 1 3 -0.583 315/76 364/77
    India 3 0 2 0 1 1 -0.686 312/80.1 367.80.1
    Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.357 467/125 477/93.4
    New Zealand 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.712 392/150 465/107.5
     
    Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
    ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings:
     
    The ICC Women's Championship is being contested by the following eight teams who have been 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 WWC 2017.

    Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 9 November ahead of Australia-West Indies Series):  
    Batting
     
    Rank      Player                             Team     Points  Avge    Highest Ranking
       1         Mithali Raj                        Ind         735       50.05         839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
       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         Stafanie Taylor                  WI         697       43.50        765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
       5         Suzie Bates                        NZ         651       37.20        734 v WI at Kingston 2013
       6         H. Kaur                              Ind         640*     35.06        673 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2014
       7=       Jessica Cameron                Aus       635       38.53        660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
                  Meg Lanning                     Aus        635*     39.22        673 v Eng at Hove 2013
       9         Deandra Dottin                  WI         626       27.44        650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
      10        Alex Blackwell                  Aus       602       33.79        683 v Ind at Canberra 2008
    Selected Rankings:
     
    Rank    Player                      Team     Points   Avge     Highest Ranking
      21       Ellyse Perry               Aus      460      28.40      499 v Eng at Hobart 2014
      25       Jodie Fields               Aus      427      28.34      520 v NZ at Sydney 2012
      29       Shanel Daley             WI        397      21.29      473 v NZ at Mumbai 2013
      30       Erin Osborne             Aus      393*!    25.92      393 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
      31       Rachael Haynes        Aus      392*     31.28      490 v WI at Mumbai 2013
      35       S. Campbelle            WI        387      19.58      403 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
      43       M. Aguilleira              WI        347      18.98      526 v SA at St Kitts (WP) 2013
      44       Kycia Knight             WI        339*!    19.30      339 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
      53       Nicole Bolton            Aus      312*!    61.40      312 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
      54       Sarah Coyte             Aus      309*     25.27      359 v SL at Mumbai 2013
      55       S. Quintyne             WI        295*     16.93      335 v NZ at Lincoln 2014

    Bowling
    Rank    Player              Team    Points  Average      Economy        Highest Ranking
       1       Stafanie Taylor    WI        723      17.16            3.00                 768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
       2       A. Mohammed     WI        696!     16.67            3.16                 696 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
       3       Jenny Gunn         Eng      693!     27.00            3.73                 693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
       4       Jhulan Goswami  Ind        671      21.36           3.20                 796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
       5       Shanel Daley       WI        664*!    21.56           3.26                 664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
       6       Katherine Brunt    Eng      653      21.52           3.29                 796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
       7       Shibnam Ismail     SA        595*!    18.61         3.49                 595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
       8       Sana Mir             Pak      590      23.84           3.46                 598 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
       9       Erin Osborne       Aus      567*     26.56          3.95                 581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
      10       Holly Colvin        Eng      538      21.80          3.58                 715 v Aus at Lord's 2009 

    Selected Rankings:
     
      11       Ellyse Perry          Aus      529      24.29   4.31                 698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012
      16       Tremayne Smartt  WI        500*     29.54   3.75                 524 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
      20       Sarah Coyte         Aus      480*     20.94   4.24                 482 v Eng at Hove 2013
      22       Shakera Selman    WI        463*     24.92   3.30                 467 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
      28       Julie Hunter          Aus      428*     23.39   3.55                 437 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
      29       S. Quintyne          WI        417*!    24.76   3.73                 417 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
      31       Jess Jonassen     Aus      407*!    20.46   4.29                 407 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
      37       Rene Farrell         Aus      364*     27.24   3.80                 456 v Eng at Perth 2011
      43       Megan Schutt      Aus      327*     22.19   4.24                 367 v Eng at Hove 2013
      59=     Subrina Munroe   WI        237*     43.70   3.64                 257 v NZ at Lincoln 2014

    All-rounders
     
    Rank    Player                   Team     Points              Highest Ranking
      1        Stafanie Taylor       WI            504                560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
     2         Shanel Daley          WI            264/*             273 v Aus at Mumbai 2013
      3        Marizanne Kapp     SA            254*/*!           254 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
      4        Ellyse Perry          Aus           243                286 v Eng at Hobart 2014
      5        Jenny Gunn          Eng           232               348 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

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