Australia Women vs England Women, 3rd Match – Highlights.
- Series: ICC Womens World Cup 2022
- Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
- Date & Time: Mar 05, 02:00 PM Local
- Result: Australia Women won by 12 runs
- Player of the Match: Rachael Haynes
- Match No: 3rd Match
- Match: Australia Women vs England Women
Score: Austrlaia Womens 310/3 (50) Vs England Womens 298/8 (50)
Australia Women vs England Women Highlights
Toss: England have won the toss and choose to bowl first.
AUSTRALIA Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
ENGLAND Playing XI: Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Heather Knight (C), Nat Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Dani Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole
AUS: The most successful nation in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup history, Australia have lifted the trophy six times and won 70 of their 84 matches along the way.
ENG: England kept up their record of winning every ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup they have hosted by lifting the trophy in the most dramatic of circumstances in 2017.
World Cup is already showing what a cracker it’s going to be. This was two brilliant teams going at it today, even a target of 311 not guaranteeing a win. Two brilliant hundreds from Haynes and Sciver. One of them had to be on the losing side unfortunately. Not to forget the lovely spell from Alana King who gave those leg-breaks a rip and played a big role in the outcome.
Lanning, Australia captain: Nice to get a win first up. Expected a contest and that’s what we got. We did well to get to 311 to be honest. Was tricky batting at the start, seemed to flatten out as the day went. She wanted the ball (Jonassen), she’s bowled big overs before and delivered. She probably could’ve bowled a few more overs. Expected that at the halfway mark, knew it was a good score, but we expected the batting conditions to get better. We bowled well in parts, probably not as consistent as we’d have liked. Fielding needs improvement starting from me. But it’s good to get a win, World Cups are about winning. She bowled beautifully there, she changed the game for us (King). Rod and Shane, obviously big losses for cricket and have had a big impact on the game.
Knight, England captain: For us as a batting unit that’s a confidence booster. The Ashes wasn’t a true representation of us. To see how aggressive we were, how well we ran, and what an innings from Sciver, almost deserved to be on the winning side. Not the end of the world for us. Lost the first game in 2017 as well. Led by Tammy, carried on by Nat with that fine innings. She’s brilliant to have in your side, true allrounder, probably one of our best fielders too. Probably the best knock I’ve seen (Nat Sciver). Playing seven batters limits the options a little bit. But today we felt like this is our best balance. Not worried about our bowling unit at all. They’ve been a strength for us. Was a great watch last night wasn’t it. Going to be a brilliant competition. Going to have to be on top form to best the West Indies.
Rachael Haynes | Player of the Match: I don’t think I was feeling that great (physically) in the second half of the game on the field. I think it was a great effort from England. We can all learn from their approach. Once I got a couple away, things started to flow and it felt nice to get a 300-plus score. Initially, we were thinking 260-270 but once we got going, we thought to go as big as we can. Getting over 300 was important. Conditions got better as the game went on, was sliding on nicely to the bat.
England can be proud of their effort in this chase. A sensational hundred from Nat Sciver, a contribution from Tammy Beaumont, they almost got there, what would’ve been a record chase. But Australia have prevailed in the end by 12 runs as the defending champions taste defeat to start their campaign.
It was an excellent knock from Rachael Haynes earlier, setting the platform first for a late charge and then providing the flourish as Australia hammered 100 runs off their last 10 overs with the bat to set England a target of 311. England lost Hill early, but were led by Beaumont first, and then by Sciver who batted out of her skin.
Australia needed a vital spell from Alana King through the middle-overs that tipped the balance in their favour, as she gave those leg-breaks a rip for some crucial wickets that put a dent in the run chase.
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