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ENG-W vs SA-W one-off Test: MPL Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England women vs South Africa women, one-off Test (ENG-W vs SA-W)

Date: June 27, Monday, 3:30 PM IST

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

England women and South Africa women will be playing a Test match for the first time since 2003 from June 27 at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. This will be a four-day Test match instead of a traditional five-day game.

Hosts England have won none of their last six Tests and will be looking to make amends for the same. They last won a Test match in 2014 in Perth. England have named five uncapped players in their 13-member squad. Meanwhile, seamer Emily Arlott has been ruled out of the match after testing positive for Covid-19 and uncapped fast Issy Wong has been named as her replacement.

South Africa, on the other hand, last played red-ball cricket almost eight years ago and only five players from their current squad have played Test cricket before. Dane van Niekerk continues to remain out with an ankle injury, and Sune Luus will continue as the captain in her absence. Masabata Klaas is also not available as she is yet to recover from an injury she picked up at the World Cup in April.

The match will be played at the Cooper Associates County Ground, which was the same venue where England women and South Africa women played their last Test against each other nearly two decades ago.

Ahead of the only Test, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for ENG-W vs SA-W

The last women’s Test match which was played at the Cooper Associates County Ground was the Ashes Test in 2019 and only two Tests ever have been played at this venue. The average first innings score from the two Tests is 363. The surface has something for both the batters and bowlers, but particularly the fast bowlers.

The weather in Taunton is not quite favourable over the next couple of days with some chances of rain. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first keeping the weather condition in mind.

England team news and predicted XI

Team news:  Katherine Brunt’s retirement from Test cricket and Anya Shrubsole’s retirement from international cricket will possibly leave a big void in the team.  Emily Arlott has also been ruled out of the match after testing positive for Covid-19 and uncapped fast Issy Wong has been named as her replacement.

Squad – Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Issy Wong

Predicted XI: Emma Lamb, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones (wk), Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Lauren Bell.

South Africa women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Dane van Niekerk continues to remain out with an ankle injury, and in her absence, Sune Luus will continue as the captain. Masabata Klaas will also be out of action as she is yet to regain complete fitness from the injury she picked up at the World Cup.

Squad – Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt

Predicted XI: Andrie Steyn, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba

Head to head record

England women and South Africa women played only six Tests against each other, of which South Africa women have won none. England have won two while four matches ended in a draw. The last time the two teams met for a game of red-ball cricket was 19 years ago, which England women won by an innings and 96 runs.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for ENG-W vs SA-W

Heather Knight: batter, England women

MPL price – 10 credits

When Heather Knight played Test cricket for the last time before this, she scored 168 and 48 in two innings. The England skipper has played nine Tests and has scored 697 runs, including three half-centuries and two centuries. With a batting average of 49.78, she is also a good pick for your MPL team’s captaincy. Apart from her batting, she is also a handy off-spinner who has picked up seven wickets in the format.

Natalie Sciver: all-rounder, England women

MPL price – 10 credits

Natalia Sciver can help you score points with both the bat and ball. She scored a half-century and took four wickets in her last Test and has overall played seven Tests from which she has 343 runs, including two half-centuries. With the ball, she has picked up nine Test wickets.

Sune Luus: batter, South Africa women

MPL price – 9 credits

In absence of Dane van Niekerk, Sune Luus will continue to be at the helm of the team. The batter scored 48 and 50* in the two innings of the warm-up game against England A women and will now look to replicate the same in the main game.

Laura Wolvaardt: Batter, South Africa women

MPL price – 9.5 credits

The opening batter has produced several good knocks in the shorter formats and will now be looking to make a good start to her Test career. She scored a century in the warm-up game and could be her side’s match-winner on debut.

Sophie Ecclestone – bowler, England women

MPL price – 9 credits

The slow left-arm spinner has 15 wickets from four Tests and was brilliant in the warm-up match too, where she picked up five wickets. Ecclestone is one of England’s best bowlers across formats and a must-have in your fantasy cricket team.

MPL fantasy XI – ENG-W vs SA-W, one-off Test

ENG-W vs SA-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The England women vs South Africa women one-off Test will not be televised live in India buy you can watch the live streaming of the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on June 27.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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