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AUS-W vs ENG-W, Women’s WC 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Australia Women vs England Women, (AUS-W vs ENG-W, Match #3)

Date: March 5, 2022 – 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, the women’s WC 2022 will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network. Watch the live action between Australia and England women on Star Sports 2 or Star Sports 3 at 6:30 AM IST. You can also catch the match live on online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. 

Australia Women vs England Women: 

The defending champions England will kick start their campaign in the women’s ODI World Cup 2022 with a clash against mighty Australia. The two teams will lock horns in the third match of the tournament at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. 

Led by Meg Lanning, Australia are one of the strongest contenders in the WC. Since the last WC, they have lost only two matches and have won 31 games, including a 26-match streak. Australia hammered New Zealand by 3-0 followed by a 2-1 victory over India. In the women’s Ashes in February, they defeated England by 3-0. Australia won the first warm-up game convincingly but were stunned by NZ in the second. It could be a wake up call for them. 

Heather Knight’s England are another top contender with a strong squad. Before losing in the Ashes, they defeated NZ women by 4-1 in September. Earlier, they claimed a 2-1 series victory over India in June-July. They have gained much-needed momentum in the warm-up matches, beating Bangladesh and South Africa comprehensively. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for AUS-W vs ENG-W

Seddon Park in Hamilton is a pretty good venue to bat on. The seam bowlers could also get assistance on these decks. The average first innings score from 37 ODIs hosted here reads 237. The highest total recorded here was 363/4 by West Indies men while the lowest of 92 belongs to India men. 

The weather forecast for Hamilton on Saturday suggests it will be partly cloudy with over 57% of humidity. The temperature will fluctuate between 14°C to 26°C. 

Australia – Expected XI and Team News 

Australia have their top seven locked. Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes will open the innings while Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath comprise the middle order. Megan Schutt will lead the bowling attack with Jess Jonassen and Alana King as the spin duo. Ashleigh Gardner was tested Covid-19 positive on Thursday and could be replaced by Nicola Carey. 

Probable XI – Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt

England – Expected XI and Team News 

Like their counterparts, England have a pretty settled unit. The bowling attack comprises Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross and Anya Shrubsole. Heather Knight, Nat Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones and Sophia Dunkley are key figures in the batting department. 

Probable XI – Lauren Winfield Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole

Head to head record of AUS-W vs ENG-W

Australia Women dominate the head to head record against England in the fifty-over format. Out of 81 ODIs between the two teams, Australia have claimed 55 while England have won 22 matches. Australia Women have won all of the last five games as well. 

Australia Women – 55 

England Women – 22 

Tie – 1 

No Result – 3 

Match 3: Five players to watch out for in the AUS-W vs ENG-W

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Tahlia McGrath: All-rounder, Australia

Tahlia McGrath has had a sensational few months across the tournaments. The Aussie all-rounder has become a key part of the set-up. She has scored 227 runs in 11 ODIs so far at an average of 32, including one fifty. McGrath has picked 11 scalps at a strike rate of 32. She picked 6 wickets against England in the Ashes ODI leg and was good in the first warm-up game, picking 2/17 and scoring 40. Tahlia is priced at 9.5 credits and is a solid C/VC option. 

Nat Sciver: All-rounder, England

Nat Sciver is one of the most skillful players in the game. She has an outstanding record in the fifty-over format, having scored 2275 runs at an average of 39, including three hundreds and 15 fifties. Sciver has snared 55 wickets with her medium pace at a strike rate of 39. She has been in superb form, scoring 45, 47, 108 and 33* in four of her last five innings. Sciver costs 10 credits and is an excellent C/VC option. 

Meg Lanning: Batter, Australia

Meg Lanning is one of the biggest superstars in world cricket. The Aussie skipper has an enviable record in the ODI format, where she has amassed 4069 runs at an incredible average of 53 and strike rate of 92. She has scored 14 hundreds and 17 fifties in this format. Lanning scored unbeaten 57 against England in the last fixture of the Ashes and hammered 87 in the warm-up game against NZ. She’s priced at 9.5 credits. 

Heather Knight: Batter, England

The English captain is one of the top players in women’s cricket. She has 3250 runs to her name in the ODI format at an average of 37, including two hundreds and 22 fifties. Heather Knight has also picked 53 wickets at a strike rate of 33.4, with best figures of 5/26. She will cost you 9.5 credits in the MPL XI.   

Ellyse Perry: All-rounder, Australia

Ellyse Perry has claims on being one of the greatest women’s cricketers to have ever played the game. Her numbers in ODI cricket are outrageous. Perry has 3206 runs at an average of 50, including two hundreds and 22 fifties. The right arm pacer has also claimed 156 wickets in the format at a strike rate of 34.2, with best figures of 7/22. Perry has returned to form in the last few games and is a must pick at 10 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Also read: Most Sixes in International Cricket: Which Player Holds the Record?


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