ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Australia Team Preview
Defending champions Australia recently won the tri-series comprising India and England and will be high on confidence entering the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
Alyssa Healy scored the most runs for Australia in T20Is in 2019 with 377 runs from 12 innings at an average of 30 and an impressive strike rate of 130 +. She struck three half-centuries and had the best of 89.
Beth Mooney was the team's top scorer in the recently-concluded T20I tri-series with 208 runs from five innings at an average of 52 and a strike rate of close to 125.
Tayla Vlaeminck, Jess Jonassen and Ellyse Perry picked up seven wickets each in the tri-series. While Jonassen had a 5-fer to show for, Perry picked up a 4-wicket haul.
Australia will benefit from the fact that 13 of their 15 members were part of the the World Cup winning squad in November 2018. The only two players who were not part of the last edition are Annabel Sutherland and Erin Burns.
At just 18, Sutherland was part of the T20 group that whitewashed Sri Lanka last October. Sophie Molineux, who had taken break from cricket in November last year on account of mental health, has also returned to the squad.
Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Australia recently hosted a T20I tri-series and won it in fine fashion by beating India by 11 runs in the final. However, they did loose against England via a super over and against India by 7 wickets.
Record in T20 World Cups
Australia have the most glorious record in the Women's T20 World Cup history. They exited after losing the third place playoff against India in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
They have since won three titles in a row in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The team ended as runners-up in the 2016 edition and came back to win the title again the next year in the 2018 World Cup.
Australia are currently ruling the Women's T20I rankings with 7331 points and 293 ratings, a good 13 ratings ahead of the second-placed England.
Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy are their top-ranked batters - at the second and the third spot in the T20I batting rankings. Beth Mooney occupies the fifth place.
Megan Schutt is the top T20I bowler at the moment. Jess Jonassen also finds a place at the eighth spot. Ellyse Perry is leading the T20I all-rounder rankings by a sizable margin.
Meg Lanning - "World Cups carry pressure and expectation for any team – and being at home doesn’t make it any different for us or any other side. We want to make sure that we’re enjoying the moment and embracing everything that comes with it. We’re not daunted by that; we want to take it on and focus on what we can control. So far, we’ve done that well and we’ve put ourselves in a good position to carry that on.
"This tournament could also see me play my 100th T20I for Australia, which would be a great moment personally. Just playing one game for your country is a really special moment so to have the chance to pass 100, in a home World Cup, is very special. I love playing for Australia and being part of this team – so when you’re enjoying what you do, reaching a milestone like that is just an added bonus."
Prediction - Successfully defend title
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