Our Prediction is Australia Women to win!
Host England will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on Australia in the 2nd game of the T20I series played at County Ground in Hove on Sunday.
England Skipper Heather Knight will need to lead from the front and help turn things around for the side in this three-match T20I series. The home side has struggled to deliver clinical performances so far in this series.
On the other hand, Australia produced a dominant display with the bat to beat England by 93 runs in the opening game of the T20I series played at Chelmsford. Captain Meg Lanning will be hoping that the players maintain their focus and intensity and try to clinch the T20I series against England on Sunday.
The home side will definitely need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to level the three-match T20I series at Hove on Sunday.
The team management will be concerned over the lack of runs from the opening pair of Tammy Beaumont and Amy Ellen Jones. Wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor has been ruled out of the T20I series due to personal reasons. Tammy Beaumont has struggled to produce runs so far in this series. The opening batsman will need to spend at the crease to rediscover his mojo with the bat. Her opening partner, Amy Ellen Jones, will need to produce a notable score for England women in this game.
Captain Heather Knight has also struggled to score runs for the side in this series. She has only scored 53 runs in 5 innings at an average of 10.60. Knight will need to dig deep and produce a decent score for the side in this must-win game.
Middle-order Natalie Sciver has been a standout performer in the batting department so far in this series. She has produced notable scores without much support from other players. Sciver has topped the batting charts for England women in this series with 195 runs in 5 matches at an average of 39.00. In the previous game, Sciver scored 28 off 29 balls with the help of two boundaries. Lauren Winfield and Katherine Brunt also played well in the previous game. Laura Marsh also produced unbeaten 25 off 12 balls with the help of two sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Kate Cross, Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole to make crucial breakthroughs. Sophie Ecclestone and Laura Marsh are two premier spinners for the side for this game.
Heather Knight (captain), Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Kathryn Cross, Laura Marsh
Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Winfield, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss
The visitors comfortably brushed aside England in the opening game of the T20I series, a courtesy splendid century from Meg Lanning. Captain produced an exceptional innings to see Australia post a score of 226 runs on the board. She scored unbeaten 133 runs off 63 balls with the help of 17 fours and 7 sixes. Lanning was well supported by Beth Mooney, who chipped in with 54 off 33 balls.
For Australia, the side will be depending on the in-form players like Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, and Beth Mooney to produce the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy departed for a low score and will be keen to make a strong comeback with the bat in this contest. She has been a consistent performer for the side in the T20 format.
All-rounder Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner also chipped in with crucial runs at the back end of the innings in the previous game played at Chelmsford. Gardner scored 27 off 14 balls with the help of 4 fours and a six. Perry has been a standout performer with the bat and ball for Australia during this Ashes series. She has produced exceptional performances with the bat and ball to help Australia retain the Ashes series.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry to make early inroads with the new ball. Schutt and Perry bowled exceedingly well for Australia in the previous game and picked up five wickets between them. The spin duo of Jess Jonassen and Sophie Molineux bowled well in tandem and picked up one wicket apiece in the previous game.
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham
Meg Lanning, Georgia Wareham, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Rachael Haynes
The wicket prepared for the game will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is expected to see bright sunshine with a gentle breeze.
County Ground in Hove is going to the host second T20I game between England women and Australia women. The visitors will take heart from the fact that they have managed to beat England women at this venue in a T20I game played in 2015.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a modest score. Batting second might be way to go here in this game.
Based on current form, Australia will be outright favorites to clinch the T20I series against England at Hove. With the likes of Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney showing excellent form with the bat in the previous game, Australia will be hard to beat in this contest.
Expect Australia to the clinch the T20I series on Sunday!