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Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 | Team Australia | Aussies Favourites to Win the Title

Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 | Team Australia | Aussies Favourites to Win the Title

Team Australia: For 6 editions one unit has dominated T20I cricket like no other. They were crowned champions 4 times & made it to the finals an overwhelming 5 times. The 2020 edition will see the Aussies defend the world title & in their own backyard. If the thought of beating the Aussies doesn’t sound plausible how would any team stand a chance against them at home? Taking the game to them has worked in the past & has yielded positive results. But do teams have the calibre to topple this ginormous Australian line-up? We’ll know the answer in a couple of weeks. For now, though, sit back, relax & praise the Aussies.

The ladies in yellow are the defending World Champions & are likely to win the title this year as well. In the 2018 finals, in the Caribbean Islands, the Aussies absolutely smashed the English legion. ‘Fearless cricket’ has become the catchcry & it is only by combating them in their style that India & England were able to beat them in the recently concluded tri-series. England, Australia & India have played the most amount of T20I cricket since 2019 & the English ladies are up there with the Aussies as far as the number of wins are concerned. But do they hold enough quality?

The Aussies have a winning percentage of 79 while the English Women have won 76% of their matches. The White Ferns have played the least number of games & that might come back to haunt them.

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Team Played  Wins  Scoring Rate Win %
Aus W 14 11 8.1 79%
EW 17 13 7.4 76%
IW 20 10 6.6 50%
NZ W 7 6 7.7 86%

In T20 World Cup matches, Australia have played 32 & have won 24. Their Win/Loss ratio is the best at 3.428.

BELLIGERENT BATTERS

Australia’s top order is the best in the world. Period. With the likes of Alyssa Healy, Elysse Perry, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney & Ashleigh Gardener forming the top 5, the bowlers will have their work cut out. Healy is known to go berserk, while Perry is known to anchor the innings. Meg Lanning can hit the long ball & Ashleigh Gardener can smash the leather off of the ball.

Australia’s top-order does the bulk of the scoring. In the last 14 months, they’ve scored 70% of the teams’ runs. The most for the top-performing teams in the last year. Out of the 1361 runs, the Aussie top-order has scored, 1130 runs have come in victories. Clearly, if the frontline batters fire, the Aussies win.

Team Total Runs Top-Order %(Runs) Middle-Order %(Runs)
AUS 1944 1361 70% 523 27%
ENG 2314 1237 53% 982 42%
IND 2301 1402 61% 751 33%

BOUNDARIES HITTERS

The Aussie batters smash a boundary every 4.7 deliveries. Way ahead of England(6.5) & India(5.8).

TOP-ORDER BATTERS
TEAM 4s 6s Total Boundary %
AUS 187 25 212 66
ENG 141 22 163 56.3
IND 179 24 203 61.3

SQUAD

Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham (Coach: Matthew Mott)

GROUP FIXTURES

February 21: India, Sydney Showground

February 24: Sri Lanka, WACA

February 27: Bangladesh, Canberra

March 2: New Zealand, Melbourne

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

The Aussies have a plethora of match-winners in their unit. From the swash-buckling Alyssa Healy to the pacy Tayla Vlaeminck – the squad is stacked with genuine game-changers. In the last 14 outings, Healy has scored 387 runs @ 32.25. Her strike-rate in these games, a jaw-dropping 164.7.

In the tri-nation series, however, Healy was found wanting. She could only accumulate 15 runs in 5 innings. Her recent form might excite a few teams but when Healy gets going there’s very little teams can do. Her 148* against Sri Lanka last year was classy, dominant & merciless. If you get Healy out, teams will have Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning & Ashleigh Gardener to deal with. How have these girls done in T20Is since 2019?

Here’s a look

Player Runs Avg SR HS 6s
Alyssa Healy 387 32.25 164.7 148* 11
Ellyse Perry 241 40.16 106.2 60* 7
Ashleigh Gardner 257 25.69 135.3 93 9
Meg Lanning 341 56.83 129.7 133* 9
Beth Mooney 464 42.18 127.8 113 2

The bowling department also has plenty of variety. Ellyse Perry’s accuracy with the new ball, Vlaeminck’s pace, Jess Jonassen’s left-arm orthodox, Georgia Wareham’s leg break. How can someone ever beat this Aussie side? Since 2019, 5 Aussie women have picked more than 10 wickets & no bowler has conceded over 6.5 runs/over.

Bowler Mts Wkts Econ SR
Tayla Vlaeminck 8 11 5.6 14.7
Ellyse Perry 14 13 5.6 18.5
Jess Jonassen 14 18 4.9 15.7
Georgia Wareham 11 11 5.6 16.4
Megan Schutt 14 19 6.5 16.4

Australia are clear favourites to lift the title for the 5th time. It’ll take a special effort from the likes of India, New Zealand & England to disturb the champions. The big question though – Can they?

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