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Anyone that follows women’s ODI cricket knows the force that Australia is in the sport. Australian women dominate the game to such a degree that we think it is an upset if they lose any game whatsoever. They have not lost a bilateral ODI series to New Zealand in Australia for about three decades now. It is safe to say that Australia is the overwhelming favorite to win the three-match series against the New Zealand women.
This is not to say that the New Zealand women do not have any chance of winning. They are one of the better sides in women’s cricket and a couple of their senior players play in the WBBL as well. The New Zealand women are going to be aware of the challenge ahead of them and will be hoping to change history.
The advent of the WBBL has provided a well-publicized boost to Australian women’s cricket but there is a lot of work that Cricket Australia has done in the background that must get credit as well. They Aussie women are the best paid professional cricketers in the world and have access to facilities which no one else does maybe apart from England and India.
This dominance is, in fact, forcing the rest of the cricketing nations to invest in their women’s cricket and improving the standard of the game around the world.
There are some giants of women’s cricket in the Aussie side to look out for. Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, and Beth Mooney are just some of the players that lit up the WBBL a few weeks ago. Alyssa Healy is the best batter in women’s cricket right now while there is no doubting the class of the others either.
It will be interesting to see how Ellyse Perry’s record-breaking WBBL affects her batting position in the side. With Rachel Haynes and Elyse Villani in the side as well, the Australian women have a riches of batting to choose from.
The bowling for the side is very good as well. Delissa Kimmince, Jess Jonassen, Ellyse Perry, Lauren Cheatle, Megan Schutt, and a number of other all-rounders in the side give the Aussie women plenty of options to choose from.
There is not going to be any dearth of bowlers in this side and this gives the skipper a lot of flexibility. No matter what the conditions are, the Australian women have players to exploit them.
Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Elyse Villani, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Lauren Cheatle.
The New Zealand women will be aware of the challenge that lies ahead of them. Beating Australia in 50 over cricket is not going to be easy but it is definitely impossible either. The New Zealand women have a number of very highly regarded players in their own side. A three-match series can be dominated by a couple of in-form players and so that is where the focus of the side should be.
We are looking at Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates to set the tone for the White Ferns in this series. They are one of the best opening pair in the world and can be extremely destructive when they get going. We hope they play fearless cricket and do not worry about losing wickets because that is not their game.
Katey Martin has been recalled to the New Zealand squad to add some solidity in the middle order. This is where New Zealand is going to have to be exceptional to compete against the Australians. On paper, the New Zealand women do not have the batting depth that Australia does.
This is why every single one of its batters must contribute. Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite, Leigh Kaspersk, and Amelia Kerr are all going to have performed better than they have done in recent times. Most of these players have experience of playing against the Aussie bowlers in the WBBL and that should give them some confidence as well.
New Zealand women also have a bowling attack that can throw a few surprises. Lea Tahuhu is a good fast bowler that will be targeting the top-order while Amelia Kerr will be hoping to pick up wickets in the middle-order. A lot of things will need to go right for the New Zealand women to be able to win one match against the Aussies forget the series.
The first match when teams are still settling into the series might be their best chance of pulling off an upset.
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair.
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The first ODI between Australian women and New Zealand women is going to be played at the WACA, Perth. The weather is expected to be sunny and good for cricket with no likely interruptions. The pitch at the WACA is always a little bouncy and quick. The WACA may not be what it once was but it is still excellent for some exciting cricket.
The fast bowlers will be able to get something from the surface if they bend their backs while the batters are going to be able to score freely for the most part. A high scoring encounter is likely.
We think the New Zealand women are coming into this series with some very talented players but are up against what is easily the best side in women’s cricket. The gulf between Australian women and everyone else is too large to advise betting against them.
Back the Australian women to win.
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