Aus-W vs NZ-W Dream11: After a closely fought T20 series, it’s time for some ODI cricket. Australia women and New Zealand women will lock horns with each other at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. Australia took the T20 series by winning the first two ODIs but NZ bounced back strongly in the last T20 salvaging some pride which will also give them confidence in the ODIs. The star-studded Australian line-up was deterred by the absence of their premier all-rounder Ellyse Perry in the T20Is. Other senior players like Ashleigh Gardner, Megan Schutt and Alyssa Healy have proven their skills time and again. Not to forget the skipper Meg Lanning, who has been instrumental for Australia in the last few years.
On the other hand, New Zealand will look to turn the tide around after a match-winning performance in the last T20. They broke a 13-match winning streak against Australia and will look to continue their winning run. Having a variety of experienced players like Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu and skipper Sophie Devine helps their cause. The young all-rounder Amelia Kerr proved her mettle in the last T20 with a stellar performance. New Zealand will have to perform as a unit to beat a strong Australian side in their own den.
Fixture name: Australia women vs New Zealand women
Competition: New Zealand Women tour of Australia 2020
Date: 3 October 2020
Time: 5:40 AM IST
Ground: Allan Border Field, Brisbane
A brief score of the last result at the venue: NZ women 125/5 (19.3 overs) beat Aus women 123/7
Australia seems to be suffering a bit more injury problems than New Zealand. They lost probably their most important player in Ellyse Perry when she tweaked her hamstring during training ahead of the T20I series against New Zealand. Medium-pacer Delissa Kimmince also picked up hamstring soreness during the final T20 to be ruled out of the start of ODI series. Belinda Vakarewa, Annabel Sutherland and Tahlia McGrath are the other seam-bowling options for Australia. New Zealand, by the way, look an injury free side and will look to play their strongest possible eleven. Pitch is expected to be on the slower side and the weather is expected to be partly cloudy, so the teams may look to bowl first as the pitch will assist the seamers early on. But their should be enough overs to complete a good game of cricket. A 10 AM start ensures that there will be no dew factor in AUS-W vs NZ-W Dream11 team.
AUS-W Playing 11
Alyssa Healy (wk)
Molly Strano/Sophie Molineux
NZ-W Playing 11
Meg Lanning- The current world no.5 batter in the ICC ODI rankings is the rock of this Australian batting line-up. Coming in at No.3, the skipper is expected to anchor the innings and lead Australia to a winning total. Having an average of over 53 and a strike rate of almost 94, Lanning has proven to be a serious batting stalwart in the past few years. She has scored over 3600 runs in the 80 matches that she has played in her ODI career. In the absence of Ellyse Perry, she will have the responsibility to lead play the important role in the batting order.
Beth Mooney- The opening batter is expected to play a key role at the top alongside Alyssa Healy. She was the player of the tournament in the T20 World Cup earlier this year. Along with Healy, she has been a regular opener for Australia over the years
Rachel Haynes- Haynes is expected to play at No.4 as she did in the T20I series too. In the absence of Elysse Perry she will shoulder the responsibility to handle the middle order alongside Meg Lanning.
Lea Tahuhu- This might be a surprise choice but Tahuhu has been the most experienced player in NZ bowling line-up. She has the experience of playing in Australian conditions and will be crucial with the new ball and at the death.