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Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 | Team England | Champions This Time or Runners-Up Yet Again?

Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 | Team England | Champions This Time or Runners-Up Yet Again?

Team England: England were crowned champions in the very first edition of the T20 World Cup in 2009. Since then, they’ve made it to the finals 3 times & have finished runners-up, three times. Teams strive desperately to bolster their line-ups before the mega event with only one ambition in mind. To win the coveted title. England walk into the 7th edition as massive contenders but can they get over the line this time? They’ve lost 3 finals against their arch-rivals, Australia & 3 times they had to doff their hats.

England were completely outplayed in the Ashes last year & that creates doubt. A doubt if the English are well equipped to beat the Aussies. Since 2019, the English women have played 17 games & have won 13. They lost 3 against the Aussie Women & one against the Indian ladies in the recently concluded tri-nation series. England undoubtedly are stern contenders but what makes this side a real force to reckon with. They’ve got the arsenal to go all the way but let’s deduce how they’ve performed in the last 14 months.

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TEAM PERFORMANCE

England have a 76% winning rate since 2019. The only teams to have beaten that number is Meg Lanning’s Australia(79%) & Sornnarin Tippoch’s Thailand(84%). England had an outstanding 2019 before they were hammered by the Aussies in the Ashes & the tri-nation series involving India & Australia didn’t go according to plan. In World Cup fixtures, England have won 21 off their 29 fixtures. A 74.13 winning percentage.

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%

Lisa Keightley, the head coach said – “I’m really excited with the group we’ve got. They’ve played in a lot of finals, semi-finals & World Cups. I don’t want to give away caps. People need to earn it”. England have largely stuck with the same core group of players in recent years & that has been their success mantra.

SQUAD

Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt, Mady Villiers

(Coach: Lisa Keightley)

Group fixtures

February 23: South Africa, WACA

February 26: Thailand, Canberra

February 28: Pakistan, Canberra

March 1: West Indies, Sydney Showground

ENGLAND’s BATTING – A FORCE TO RECKON WITH

England are the no.2 ranked team in the world & seem definite to make it to the finals. The English batting might, paired with their dextrous bowling attack has made them the robust unit they are. Amy Jones, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont make a powerful top order. Their recent run in the tri-nation series is likely to swindle opponents but when the big occasions arrive, the English girls always step up.

Player Runs SR BPD Bdry%
Heather Knight 357 130.3 21.1 54.30%
Tammy Beaumont 364 110.3 30 46.10%
Natalie Sciver 274 115.1 19.8 48.10%
Danielle Wyatt 468 123.5 23.7 58.10%
Amy Jones 398 118.8 20.9 61.30%

England have scored 239 boundaries(4’s) since 2019 out of which 206 have come from the top 5. Amy Jones has the reputation of smashing boundaries in a cluster. 61.3% of her runs were generated out of boundaries & she’s been in the thick of things as far as run-making is concerned. Nat Sciver averages only 22.8 in the last 14 months but she’s too good a batter to be side-lined. Danielle Wyatt has been the most improved cricketer for England. She’s always had the flair to hit ’em out of the park but she’s honed her skills to a nicety & is currently one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball.

Team 4s 6s Balls/Bdry
India Women 256 31 7.6
England Women 239 38 7
Australia Women 239 41 5.2

POWER HITTERS

England’s top 5 are dangerous when they score 20+. Heather Knight & Tammy Beaumont are the innings builders but even they go full throttle once they set their eye in. A peek at their strike-rate from scores of 20-40 evidently indicates their ability to accelerate.

Player Runs Range SR Dot%
Heather Knight 20 – 29 177.78 22.20%
Heather Knight 30 – 49 260 20.00%
Tammy Beaumont 20 – 29 138.89 27.80%
Tammy Beaumont 30 – 49 111.59 24.60%
Natalie Sciver 20 – 29 157.14 9.50%
Natalie Sciver 30 – 49 183.33 8.30%
Danielle Wyatt 20 – 29 156.41 17.90%
Danielle Wyatt 30 – 49 133.33 22.80%
Amy Jones 20 – 29 237.5 6.30%
Amy Jones 30 – 49 123.33 3.30%

Sophie Ecclestone might be only 20 years old, but she’s got a cricketing brain of a seasoned campaigner. The left-arm orthodox is ranked 3 in the list of rankings for bowlers in T20 cricket & she’ll be a player to keep a keen eye on. Katherine Brunt & Anya Shrubsole need no introduction. Fran Wilson is an absolute beast when it comes to ground fielding. England have all the aptness to be the best, but will the World Cup grandeur get the better of them – yet again?

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