Australia will enter Saturday’s fixture with high confidence, largely because of their recent dominance of the English team where they’ve won in all of the last five meetings.
Kangaroos are the most successful side in the history of the ICC Women’s World Cup, having won the title most times (6).
However, they will be hurt to not be able to cement their spot in the final of the previous edition and the management will be hoping to see the players produce a much better display this time around.
In the batting department, Australia will be heavily relying on the likes of captain Meg Lanning, experienced batter Rachael Haynes, wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy and all-rounders Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner to score the bulk of the runs and put the opposition under pressure.
On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Perry, Megan Schutt, Nicola Carey, Darcie Brown along with the spin duo of Gardner, Amanda-Jade Wellington to dismantle the opposition’s batting lineup by claiming timely breakthroughs.
England will also enter the contest with high confidence as they will be defending their title in this year’s mega-event.
In the history of 50-over cricket, England has the second-best win % of 60.68 after Australia and they’ve already won the title four times.
The management will be hoping that the English team will continue performing the way they’ve in the past and produce another brilliant display this time around. But they will be vary of the team’s poor record against Australia, especially in the mega-event.
In the batting department, England will be relying heavily on the likes of captain and middle-order batter Heather Knight, batting all-rounder and vice-captain Nat Sciver, experienced top-order batter Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt, Emma Lamb and Amy Jones to score the bulk of the runs and give the bowlers something to bowl with.
On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Tash Farrant, Freya Davies, Kate Cross along with the spin duo of Charlie Dean, Sophie Ecclestone to restrict the opposition to a manageable total by claiming timely breakthroughs.