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AUS-W vs ENG-W, Women’s World Cup 2022 Final: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia women vs England women, Women’s World Cup 2022 Final (AUS-W vs ENG-W)

Date: April 3, Sunday, 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand

Two of the most successful teams in the Women’s World Cup, Australia and England, will contest the final of the ODI World Cup 2022. Between them, the two sides have won 10 of the 11 World Cups played, but this is the first time in 34 years that they will face off against each other in the final of the tournament.

Defending champions England have won the World Cup four times, while Australia have six trophies. The Meg Lanning-led side has lost the trophy just once in 2000 when hosts New Zealand defeated them.

Australia won all of their seven games this season to make it to the finals. In the semi-final, they beat West Indies by 157 runs after defending 305 which they scored on the back of a 129 by Alyssa Healy. The bowlers put up a combined effort, with six of them picking at least one wicket each.

England, on the other hand, were not one of the favourites to make it to the final. They won four of their seven games, after which they defeated South Africa by 137 runs in the semi-final. Danni Wyatt was the showstopper with a knock of 129, which helped England post 239 batting first. Later, two wickets by Anya Shrubsole helped the 2017 World Cup winners defend the target.

Ahead of the big World Cup final, 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 AUS-W vs ENG-W

The Hagley Oval pitch is generally favourable for the fast bowlers while also being great for the batters. It can be noted that Australia have not played any matches at the Hagley Oval since 2000, whereas England played their previous two games of this World Cup at this venue. Dew is also expected to play a role in the second half of the game, so the team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 16 to 22 degree Celsius. It is going to be mostly cloudy, but no rain has been forecast.

Australia women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Star allrounder Elyse Perry injured herself in Australia’s last league fixture and has been out of action since. There is no news of her availability for the final so far. But as per reports, if Perry plays the game, she will just bat and not bowl.

Predicted XI:  Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry/Annabel Sutherland, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

England women team news and predicted XI

Team news: All the England players are available for the final and they are likely to field the same XI which they did in the semi-final.

Predicted XI: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Anya Shrubsole

Head to head record

Australia women and England women have faced off 152 times in the ODI format, with Australia having 84 wins and England winning 63 times. Three matches were tied. Australia beat England by 13 runs in their league fixture of this World Cup.

Five players to watch out for

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

Rachael Haynes: Batter, Australia

MPL price – 9.5 credits

The vice-captain of Australia is her side’s highest run-getter this World Cup and overall the second-highest. Haynes has scored 429 runs in eight matches at an average of 61.28. She plundered 130 off 131 balls in one of the league games, which was also her maiden World Cup century. Overall, Haynes has played 76 ODI games for Australia, scoring 2517 runs at an average of 39.32, including two centuries.

Jess Jonassen: Bowler, Australia

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Jess is Australia’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far. She has picked up 10 wickets in seven games at an economy of 3.62 runs per over. The left arm spinner picked up two wickets for just 13 runs in the semi-final and will be now looking to do something similar in the final. Overall, Jonassen has 128 wickets in 84 ODIs. Another bowler you can pick is Alana King. The leg spinner was the best bowler for Australia in the league game against England. She picked up 3-59 in her 10 overs.

Meg Lanning – Batter, Australia

MPL price – 10 credits

Little needs to be told of Australia captain Meg Lanning, one of the best cricketers in the world currently. Lanning is set to play her 100th ODI and will become only the 7th Australia female cricketer to achieve the feat. From the current Australian team, only Perry has played more than 100 ODI games. Lanning boasts of an average of 53.65 in her 99-match ODI career. She has scored 15 centuries and 19 fifties in the format. Lanning scored an unbeaten 135 against South Africa this World Cup and will be hoping to be among the runs in the final too.

Nat Sciver – Allrounder, England

MPL price – 10 credits

Nat Sciver is England’s highest run-scorer in this edition of the World Cup. She has scored 288 runs in seven innings at an average of 48. Overall, Sciver has an average of nearly 40 in her 88-match ODI career and she will be crucial to England’s hopes of defending the title.

Sophie Ecclestone – Bowler, England

MPL price – 9.5 credits

Sophie Ecclestone is the highest wicket-taker of the ongoing World Cup. The left-arm spinner, known for her accuracy and economy, has 20 wickets in eight games at 3.40 runs per over. In all she has 75 wickets in 46 ODIs.

MPL fantasy XI – AUS-W vs ENG-W, Women’s World Cup 2022 final

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

The 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup final will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The Australia vs England final match will begin at 6.30 AM IST on April 3.

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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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