England as a nation has been totally busy with the cricketing events taking place in their country. On one side the big event of ICC World Cup is being organized in England whereas now West Indies Women will be on a tour to England for 3T20 and 3 ODI match series. West Indies and England both the women had a great year. On one side West Indies defeated Ireland in their last series whereas England defeated Sri Lanka women in their home. So, not let’s see who will be the bigger champion out of these two teams. England will eye to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup as they have an edge over the visitors. We are here to cover the 1st ODI
England Women vs West Indies Women, 1st ODI (ICC Championship match)
Grace Road, Leicester
The pitch of this venue has always been bowler friendly. During vitality T20 blast matches it was visible as it headed for low scoring encounters in that tournament. The team who wins the toss is most likely to bowl first as the pitch gets a bit to settle down and the swing starts getting pale towards the 2nd innings.
Avg 1st inn score: 217 Avg 2nd inn score:152
West Indies Women –Stafanie Taylor (capt), Hayley Matthews (vice-capt), Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbell, Natasha McLean, Stacy Ann King
England Women – Heather Knight, T Beaumont, K Brunt, K Cross, S Ecclestone, J Gunn, A Hartley, A Jones, L Marsh, N Sciver, A Shrubsole, S Taylor, F Wilson, L Winfield, D Wyat|
Heather Knight has been playing really well for the teams she is representing. She has got 2 100 + scores in last 50 over matches whereas 2 (50+) scores. This all concludes her as a serious threat to West Indian Bowlers.
Sarah Taylor who is returning from her injury will be eager to show her class in this series. She is a world class wicketkeeper and has been reckoned as the backbone for the team with the bat.
K Cross is a legit bowler who can produce wickets for England in crucial moments for the team. She has taken 8 wickets in her last 5 appearances for in 50 over match for her respective team at an economy of less than 5.50.
S Taylor is a hard hitter of the bowl and she proved it on the tour to Ireland. She had single-handedly taken away the 1st T20 of the series by her exceptional knock of 75 runs, Taylor is a useful pick for any team.
Afy Fletcher is bowling brilliantly for the team from the last couple of months and in last 5 matches, she has bagged 7 wickets for her team. She is a proven asset for a West Indies Women team, that is very economical with her spells.
H Mathews has scored a brilliant century in the last T20I, where she played a mind-wobbling knock against Ireland in Dublin of 107*. She will be an obvious pick for any of the fantasy team.