England look to draw first blood against Australia in ODI Series opener
Our Prediction is England Women to win!
Host England will be looking to get off to a good start when they take on Australia in the opening game of the one-day series in Leicester on Tuesday.
The home side will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat and ball against Ashes rivals Australia in this game. Captain Heather Knight will feel that the side can deliver a clinical performance in this opening game of the one-day series.
On the other hand, Captain Meg Lanning will be hoping that the side can adjust well to the English conditions. Earlier this year, Australia registered a clean sweep over New Zealand in a three-match one-day series played at home.
The home side played a lot of competitive cricket in the past couple of months. Heather Knight and co. comfortably brushed aside West Indies in the three-match one-day series played at home.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor, and Amy Jones to produce the bulk of runs on the board. Opening batsman Amy Jones topped the batting charts for England in the recently concluded three-match one-day series played against West Indies. She scored 189 runs in 3 matches at an average of 63.00 with two half-centuries to her name.
Besides Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, and wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor chipped in with crucial contributions with the bat in the three-match one-day series played against West Indies at home. The batting trio will be looking to continue their good form and produce decent scores for the side in this opening game of the one-day series.
All-rounder Natalie Sciver has struggled to produce consistent runs with the bat in the limited-overs cricket. Since July 2017, Sciver has scored 710 runs in 27 matches at an average of 30.86. She has smashed one century and four half-centuries in this period. England will be hoping that Sciver can get back to his best with the bat. Daniel Wyatt and Fran Wilson are quality players who can score quick runs in the later stages of the innings.
Laura Marsh might be slotted into the playing XI for this game as a second spin option besides Sophie Ecclestone. Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross are three premier pace options for the side for this game.
Heather Knight (captain), Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross
Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Taylor
The visitors will be looking to make adjustments to the English conditions and deliver a good show with the bat and ball in this opening game.
Captain Meg Lanning will be looking to lead from the front and deliver runs with the bat in this one-day series. Since July 2017, Lanning has scored 438 runs in 13 one-day games at an average of 36.50 with one century to his name. Australia will be hoping that Lanning can score runs with the bat in this opening game.
Besides Lanning, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, all-rounder Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes to deliver runs with the bat in this game. In the previous one-day series against New Zealand, Perry finished as the leading run scorer for the side with 166 runs in 3 matches at an average of 167.00
Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes also chipped in with notable scores for the side in the three-match one-day series played against New Zealand earlier this year.
The side has a strong middle-order that consists of Beth Mooney, Ellyse Villani and Ashleigh Gardner, who can score quick runs at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Megan Schutt has been a consistent performer for Australia in limited-overs cricket. Since July 2017, Schutt has taken 31 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 20.70.
Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, medium-pacer Ellyse Perry, and leg-spinner Georgia Wareham are other quality options with the ball for the side in this game.
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Villani, Taya Vlaeminck
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Wareham, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Rachael Haynes
The wicket prepared for the opening game will be perfect for batting. The quick bowlers might something out of the pitch with the new-ball. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
Grace Road in Leicester is going to host the opening game between England women and Australia women. England will take heart from the fact they have an excellent record at this venue. Last time, England registered a comprehensive win over West Indies played at Leicester.
The side that wins the toss will be looking to bat first on this wicket. The spinners might get some help out of this surface.
Host England will be favorites to win their game against Australia as they playing in their home conditions. The home side has quality players in their batting and bowling department to overcome Australia in this opening game.
Expect England to beat Australia in this game.