SYDNEY – Six gamers to observe when the ladies’s Twenty20 World Cup begins on Friday:
– Meg Lanning (AUS) –
Recognized for her silky stroke play and cricketing mind, Australia captain Lanning is likely one of the sport’s greats.
She made her home debut aged 16 and has routinely smashed batting data, whereas profitable reward for her progressive strategy to captaincy.
Nicknamed “Megastar”, Lanning has performed 98 Twenty20 internationals, hitting greater than 2,600 runs with a prime rating of 133 not out, and skippered Australia to the 2018 world title.
– Heather Knight (ENG) –
The England captain is hitting type with the bat at simply the correct time, stroking a career-best 78 in opposition to host Australia within the current tri-nation collection after which essential consecutive boundaries below stress to arrange a pulsating Tremendous Over win.
She additionally plundered 67 in opposition to India to finish up as third highest run scorer within the collection with 176 runs at a mean of 44.00 behind India’s Smriti Mandhana (216 at 43.20) and Australia’s Beth Mooney (208 at 52.00).
– Suzie Bates (NZL) –
A multi-talented athlete, Bates represented New Zealand in basketball on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has performed at each World Cup and has scored a file 22 innings of fifty or extra in Twenty20 internationals.
One of many sport’s energy hitters, she was captain from 2011 till 2018 when she relinquished the position to Amy Satterthwaite.
Bates has performed 115 Twenty20 internationals, smacking 3,195 runs and taking 49 wickets. She is ranked the world’s main batswoman within the shortest format.
– Shafali Verma (IND) –
The youngest lady to play Twenty20 cricket for India, the fearless 16-year-old has the potential to set the event alight.
An attacking top-order batter, she debuted in September and have become the youngest Indian to attain a global half-century in her fifth outing in opposition to the West Indies — surpassing a 30-year-old file held by Sachin Tendulkar.
She just lately slammed a 78-ball 124 in opposition to Australia A in Brisbane, smashing 19 fours and 4 sixes.
– Stafanie Taylor (WIS)
Acclaimed Jamaican-born Taylor is the West Indian captain and has been the mainstay on the prime of the order since 2008, scoring almost 3,00zero runs in 100 Twenty20 internationals.
She additionally bowls harmful off-spin and is famend as an athletic fielder.
Taylor was the 2016 World Cup participant of the event, and is the center and soul of her workforce. If she fires with bat and ball, the West Indies have an actual probability of reclaiming the title they received 4 years in the past.
– Ellyse Perry (AUS) –
One of many world’s greatest all-round sportswomen, Perry not solely performs cricket for her nation however has received 18 caps for the Australian soccer workforce, together with the 2011 FIFA World Cup.
Now devoted completely to cricket, she is one in every of Australia’s tempo spearheads, whereas additionally proving her credentials as a real all-rounder able to turning any sport.
She was the primary Australian, male or feminine, to play 100 Twenty20 internationals.