The Rose Bowl in Southampton is set to witness an exhilarating showdown as England and Australia gear up for the second Women’s ODI on Sunday. The hosts have a significant advantage, leading the ODI leg 1-0 after a triumphant performance in the first match.
The Women’s Ashes 2023 series has been a rollercoaster ride so far, with England showing dominance over their Australian counterparts. With the scoreline reading 2-1 in favor of England, the Aussies are on the brink of losing the coveted trophy. Their hopes of a comeback hang in the balance as they desperately seek a victory to level the series.
Australia’s recent form has been disappointing, having suffered three consecutive losses in the ODI and T20I matches. The visitors have failed to find their rhythm, succumbing to two consecutive defeats in the T20Is.
England, on the other hand, have displayed remarkable resilience and skill throughout the series. With an impressive win in the opening ODI, they are brimming with confidence, and they will be eager to maintain their winning streak against their arch-rivals.
The pitch at The Rose Bowl typically offers good bounce and carry, allowing the fast bowlers to generate pace and movement off the surface. As the match progresses, the surface here holds up well and doesn’t deteriorate too quickly. This means that batters have an opportunity to play their shots and build substantial innings.
- Wicket-keepers: Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney
- Batters: Ellyse Perry, Danni Wyatt, Tahlia McGrath
- All-rounders: Nat Sciver-Brunt (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland
- Bowlers: Sophie Ecclestone (vc), Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt
England: Sophia Dunkley, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Danni Wyatt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Issy Wong
Australia: Alyssa Healy (c and wk), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Phoebe Litchfield, Alana King, Jess Jonassen, Annabel Sutherland, Megan Schutt
- ENG wins the toss and bats first
- Powerplay score: 40-45
- ENG total: 250-260
- AUS wins the toss and bats first
- Powerplay score: 50-55
- AUS total: 260-270
Team batting first to win the contest
This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.