England Women T20 World Cup Preview

Updated: Feb 26


After winning the ODI World Cup in 2017, England will look to become the double champions by taking home the T20 World Cup, a tournament that starts in just 24 hours.


Australia will go in favourites, with them hosting the tournament and having an embarrassment of riches, including the #1 ranked all-rounder in Ellyse Perry and the #1 ranked bowler in Megan Schutt.


However, England will be confident of doing well, having recently beaten both Australia and India in the tri-series warm-up tournament and being ranked the #2 side in the world (behind Australia).


England will expect to get out of the group-stage having been drawn in group B, avoiding the likes of India (3rd ranked), Australia (1st ranked) and New Zealand (4th ranked). Although they will take on a dangerous South African outfit in their first game.


The Big Question Mark


England will go into the tournament without having a player ranked in the top 10 for batting, and with the lineup far from fixed, it's their hitting that will come under the most pressure.


New coach Lisa Keightley will be hoping that openers Amy Jones and Danni Wyatt can find some form after experiencing a tough a Tri-Series. Natalie Sciver, arguably England's best player will need to perform if they hope to make it through their group, as will captain Heather Knight, who's showing good form coming into the tournament.


Bowling


In terms of bowling, a lot will rest on the shoulders of spinner and #3 ranked T20 bowler Sophie Ecclestone who will be expected to tie down the power hitters and get key wickets through the middle overs. Sarah Glenn is an up and coming spinner who can support Sophie.


They'll be supported by seamers Anya Schrubsole and Katherine Brunt who have had a few injury niggles in the lead-up to the tournament.


One to Watch


Sarah Glenn - A 20-year-old leg spinner who could have a huge say in how well England go. Ecclestone is undoubtedly the #1 spinner in the team, but having a leggie who can get big wickets in the middle overs is key, and that's exactly what Glenn did in the warm-up against Australia, getting both Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning. Having opened the batting in the Kia Super League historically, she could have a big part to play in that department as well.


The Fixtures


England are in Group B along with South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand, with the top two from the group going through to a knockout stage.


England vs South Africa - 23rd February

England vs Thailand - 26th February

England vs Pakistan - 28th February

England vs West Indies - 1st March


The semi-finals start on the 5th of March, with the final being played at the MCG on the 8th March.

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