England won the final T20 at the Manuka Oval last month in The Women’s Ashes to draw the multi-format series 8-8. I didn’t see the final match at the time but have just caught up with it now and the partnership between Danni Wyatt and captain Heather Knight was outstanding. Wyatt scored her maiden international 100 whilst Knight got 51. It was a record-breaking chase in any women’s T20 cricket, beating the 165 England scored at the Oval in 2009 to beat Australia too.
Wyatt’s hundred was also the second of the match after Beth Mooney struck a superb hundred as well, the fifth in women’s T20 cricket and the first in Australia. Despite the 8-8 draw, Australia retain the Ashes having won it previously.
It was a record-breaking chase in women’s T20 cricket, beating the 165 England scored in 2009 to beat Australia at the Oval. Well done England overall and well done Danni. Roll on England’s women tour to India in March when they’ll play in a T20 international tri-series which will also involve Australia, as well as three ODI’s.
The England men have lost their Ashes and that brings us to the countdown of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019! With the Ashes series underway, we take a look at England’s record against Australia in previous Cricket World Cups and it’s not great.
- England have only won twice against the Aussies at previous Cricket World Cups and both were many years ago.
- The first came in 1979 as Mike Brearley’s team won by 6 wickets thanks to Graham Gooch’s man of the match winning 53 runs. England went on to progress to the Final but lost out to West Indies.
- The second win came in 1992 as Gooch’s team beat Australia in their own backyard. Ian Botham took 4 for 31 and scored 53 runs, helping England to an 8 wicket victory. England made the Final again, but this time lost out to Pakistan.
Netherlands and Papua New Guinea are one step closer to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after booking their spot at the Qualifying Tournament. Scotland, Kenya and Hong Kong are battling it out for two spots at the CWC19 Qualifying Tournament.
With one round of the World Cricket League Championship remaining, the battle to join Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and four other ODI ranked sides is hotting up at the #CWC19 Qualifier next year.