Man of the Match: Delissa Kimmince
Host England keen to make a strong comeback against Australia
Our Prediction is Australia women to win!
Hosts England will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Australia in the second game of the one-day series played at Grace Road Stadium in Leicester on Thursday.
Captain Heather Knight will be looking to make amends for their dismal batting performance in the one-day series opener. The home side will be desperate to deliver a strong show with the bat in order to level the three-match one-day series.
On the other hand, Australia women registered a two-wicket win in the opening game of the one-day series. The visitors will be looking to continue their good form after taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.
The home side will need to make a strong comeback in this game and come up with improved performance with the bat. Captain Heather Knight will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, and Sarah Taylor. The opening pair of Jones and Beaumont will need to deliver runs for England at the top of the innings. The duo perished for low scores in the opening game of the one-day series played at Leicester.
In the previous game, Heather Knight clearly showed signs of rustiness at the crease and perished for a first-ball duck. England Skipper will need to contribute for the side with bat and ball in this all-important fixture.
All-rounder Natalie Sciver notched up a half-century in bowler-friendly conditions. She managed to anchor the innings for England in the previous. Sciver scored 64 off 95 balls with the help of six fours.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross will need to deliver crucial breakthroughs. The duo bowled well in the previous game played against Australia.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Sophie Ecclestone was the standout performer with the ball in the previous game and finished with figures of 3 for 34 from his ten overs.
Heather Knight (captain), Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wk), Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross
Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt
Meg Lanning-led unit managed to beat England in the opening game of the one-day series played at Leicester. The bowlers did an excellent job with the ball to dismiss star-studded England batting lineup for 177 runs in 46.5 overs. The visitors managed to register a two-wicket win over England at Leicester and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, and Alyssa Healy to produce runs with the bat in this game. Wicket-keeper batsman Alyssa Healy produced splendid innings for Australia in the previous game. On a tricky pitch, Healy produced a fluent 66 off 71 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
Meg Lanning failed to capitalize on her good start and perished after scoring 16 off 25 balls with the help of one four and a six. Captain will be looking to lead from the front and put in a special performance with the bat in this game.
All-rounder Ellyse Perry perished for a low score in the opening game of the series played against England. She will be looking to make a strong comeback with the bat in this game. Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, and Delissa Kimmince chipped in with crucial runs to see Australia win the game by two wickets. The lower-order showed a lot of application and courage to steer their side to a hard-fought win over England.
In the bowling department, Megan Schutt bowled well and picked up the key wicket of Sarah Taylor. Off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner and left-arm orthodox spinner Jess Jonassen also bowled well and picked up two wickets apiece. Ellyse Perry also bowled a probing spell with the new ball and dismissed Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones and Heather Knight in the initial Powerplay overs.
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicole Bolton, Delissa Kimmince
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy, Georgia Wareham, Ashleigh Gardner, Delissa Kimmince, Rachael Haynes
The wicket prepared for the second game will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game on Thursday is going to see sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
The second game between England women and Australia is going to be at Leicester. In the opening game of the one-day series played at this venue on Tuesday, Australia managed to come out on top against England in bowler-friendly conditions.
Certainly, the side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make use of bowler-friendly conditions. The bowlers will get assistance from the surface throughout the day.
Australia will start as favorites to their win game against England. With the likes of Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt and Alyssa Healy in excellent form, it will difficult to beat Australia in this game.
On the other hand, top-order comprising of Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont will need to deliver runs with the bat in a bid for England to level the ODI series.
Expect Australia to pull off a narrow win over England.