ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: England Team Preview
The opening pair of Danni Wyatt and Amy Jones and pacer Katherine Brunt were responsible for England's success in 2019. They failed to fire in the Australian tri-series but would have to step up at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
Danni Wyatt was the top-scorer for England in T20Is in 2019 with 422 runs from 13 innings at an average of over 35 and a strike rate of almost 130. She struck four half-centuries in this period. Wicketkeeper Amy Jones was also in good nick with 377 runs from 12 innings at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 130 +.
Katherine Brunt was their top wicket-taker through 2019 with 15 wickets from 9 innings at an average of under 15 and best match figures of 3/17.
England just missed the final in the recently-concluded Women's T20I tri-series hosted by Australia. Skipper Heather Knight was their top-scorer with 176 runs form four innings at an average of 44 and a notable strike rate of 140 +. She struck 18 fours and 5 sixes - the most by any batter in the series.
Natalie Sciver was next with 90 runs at an average of 22.50. All rounder Sciver, Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn were the top bowlers for the team in the series with them picking up five wickets each.
England arrive on the Australian shores with a settled and experienced squad. Georgia Elwiss has replaced spinner Kirstie Gordon, which is in the only change to the English T20 squad that defeated Pakistan in December.
The team has appointed a new coach in former Perth Scorchers mentor Lisa Keightly. This will help them get great insight about the Aussie conditions, not that the players don't have first-hand experience.
The team will be led by Heather Knight, who is used to Australian conditions, having been a long-term import for the Hobart Hurricanes. Five other England players featured in WBBL 5. While Nat Sciver and Amy Jones represented Perth Scorchers, Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont played for Renegades and Lauren Winfield appered in the Strikers' kit.
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt
After whitewashing Pakistan 3-0 in a T20I series held in Malaysia, England won two and lost two matches in the tri-series hosted by Australia, just missing the final.
Record in T20 World Cups
The hosts of the inaugural edition of the Women's T20 World Cup, England made full use of their home conditions in 2009, registering big wins over India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The team then scaled Australia and New Zealand as well to win the final by six wickets at Lord's.
However, things did not turn out to be that rosy for them next year with them failing to move out of their group, courtesy of a loss in a super over finish against Australia.
England looked the most dominating side in the 2012 edition and beat Australia in the group stage. However, the Aussies ended on the right side of the line when it mattered the most and trumped the rivals in the final. Fate repeated itself in the next edition as well with England losing to Australia after managing only 105/8 in the semis.
In the 2016 edition, England remained unbeaten in the group stage, again losing to Australia in the semi-final. Australia beat England in the last edition as well. The only difference was that it was in the all-important final that time around.
England are placed at the second spot in the Women's T20I rankings with 8113 points and 280 ratings, sandwiched by Australia at the top and New Zealand at the bottom.
While none of their batters is a part of the top 10 T20I rankings, Sophie Ecclestone occupies the third place in the bowler rankings. Natalie Sciver is third in the all-rounder rankings.
Heather Knight - "We’ve been out here for a few weeks now and we’ve seen the World Cup promoted and publicised brilliantly. I’m really looking forward to being involved in a high-profile tournament again. The publicity and noise is similar to the 2017 tournament but the 50-over World Cup is a long time ago now. We’re a slightly different team, led by a different coach, and we’ve brought in some new exciting young players who have done really well leading into this tournament.
"Ultimately, we came out here wanting to be ready for the World Cup and that’s exactly what the Tri Series did for us. Whatever happens, Australia 2020 is going to be a great competition for women’s cricket."
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