England Looking to Continue T20 Form in New Zealand


Confidence is high in the England women's camp following a 2-1 series victory in the recently completed ODI series.


Next up, a three-game T20 series that kicks off at the Sky Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday night, unfortunately for us it's a 2am start.


The last time we saw the England women in T20 action they were demolishing a below-par West Indies side. England walked away from that series with a 5-0 victory having comprehensively beaten the Windies.


The T20 side for England will be the same side that took part in the ODI Series:


Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Mady Villiers, Fran WIlson, Lauren Winfield-Hill and Danni Wyatt.


You would expect England's starting XI to look very similar to the ODI team, with Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt opening the batting, although Nat Sciver does tend to come in at #3 instead of Heather Knight in T20's, with the England captain slotting in at #4.


England will again turn to the experience of Katherine Brunt to lead their attack, having rested her for the 3rd ODI defeat. With no Anya Shrubsole on tour it will be between Nat Sciver and Tash Farrant when it comes to sharing the new ball with Brunt. England do have an excellent trio of spinners to turn to in Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers.


There isn't another Women's ICC T20 World cup until 2023, with the tournament set to take place in South Africa, but England will be looking to continue their good form and challenge Australia for the #1 spot in the ICC T20 rankings.


The last time these two sides met was in a World-Cup warm-up game back in February 2020. England ran out close winners that day, chasing down a total of 134 to win the game in 18 overs. Danni Wyatt (42) and Heather Knight (45*) were the stars that day with the bat, while Katherine Brunt (3-23) Anya Shrubsole (2-19) and Sophie Ecclestone (2-21) starred with the ball.


If the three-game series is anything like that game, we're all in for a treat.


England v New Zealand T20 Fixtures:


Wednesday 3rd March - 2:00am GMT

Friday 5th March - 2:00am GMT

Saturday 6th March - 23:00pm GMT




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