EN-W vs AU-W Dream11 Team: Hosts England look to keep the Ashes series alive with a win in the rare test match scheduled as part of the series
We have the rarest commodity in the women’s cricketing fraternity make an advent today with the longest format of the game set to be played among two of the best cricketing sides in the world at the moment. Played once every two years as part of the revered Ashes series, today’s test match accords massive importance not only in lieu of where the series stands but as also being treated as a massive inroad for women’s cricket.
Ever since women’s cricket was conceptualised to be taken to the same pinnacle as the men’s game, the ICC have miserably failed to address the test department in this arena. There are hardly any test matches between the women teams with England and Australia both seeing themselves ply their goods in the format after a hiatus of two years.
And paired with the immense rivalry the two sides share and how precariously the Ashes series is poised for hosts England, this match is bound to be a momentous success. Having been trounced in the ODI series, one which Australia swept away 3-0, the home side know they have to win this match if they are to keep their chances alive this Ashes series.
Currently trailing Australia 6-0, England are well aware that even a draw won’t work for them in the sole test match. With a draw meaning two points for either side, only a win and the four points it brings with it will keep the English unit alive in the series with two T20s to ensure after the commencement of the test match.
And looking to get their series back on track, the home side put in an emphatic display in their three day warm-up encounter against Australia A with Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver and Amy Jones all hitting 100s for the side as they went onto record a staggering 319 run win with Australia A managing to pick up just three of their wickets over a period of two days.
Meanwhile for Australia, the story is all about sticking to the same gameplan which has served them so fortuitously across the ODIs. Filled with a slew of worldclass names with six extremely promising debut players beckoning to make an entry into this encounter, the Australian women side will be looking to build on the momentum garnered from the comprehensive win in the ODI series.
Playing in their own warm-up encounter, Australia’s win was as profound as they come itself. The side went onto declare with a lead of 469 on day 3 before bundling out the English Academy side for 229 to seal a massive 240 run win.
With the ramifications massive for both the sides in this match, expect it to be a real humdinger. England will come out hot off the blocks, looking to pummel Australia right from ball one as they traverse for four vital points and given Australia’s dauntless set of players, this match is going to be as tightly competed and feisty as they get.
EN-W vs AU-W Head to Head
Despite impressing massively in the warm-up match, the hosts will be well aware that the difference in quality between Australia A and Australia is massive. The main side is packed with a pool of myriad performances, players who will be looking forward to the proposition of retaining the Ashes series.
What became a massive cause of dejection from the English side was the way in which they failed unlock the true potential of the side, massively underachieving after coming into the series off a 14 match winning spree. With Tayla Vlaeminck and Sophie Molineux bound to be handed over debuts in this test match, the Australian bowling unit is an extremely formidable one, one we see wrecking havoc among the home side.
Australia should win this match on that basis and go onto seal the Ashes series for the second time on the bounce in their favour.
Wicket-Keepers for EN-W vs AU-W Dream11
Having last played a test match in 2017 where she came into bat at number 7, Australia’s Alyssa Healy finds herself set to open for the side in this match. She opened with Nicole Bolton in the warm-up encounter and with her scoring runs across all formats of the game, she could score a good amount of runs in this one as well.
Batters for EN-W vs AU-W Dream11
With centuries for both of them in their warm-up encounter against Australia A, both Tammy Beaumont and captain Heather Knight make a place in our side. After massively underperforming in the OD series, the two will be looking to make a comeback in the longest format of the game and show why they are regarded as two of the finest bats in the game.
Individually and as a team we need to have some honest conversations and work out what has gone wrong for us,” Heather Knight said after losing the ODI series. “But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. It hurts a lot but we have to turn this around very quickly and we believe we have the skill and character to turn it around.”
Meanwhile from Australia we have the lone selection of Rachael Haynes wrapping up our Dream 11 side as we turn to other two facets in answer of batting picks from the side.
“I’ve got no doubt they’re going to respond as a group, they really have to, to get back into the series,” Haynes said ahead of the match. “Having played against them before, often when they’ve got their backs against the wall they really do come and have a good crack so we’re expecting nothing less during this Test.
All-Rounders for EN-W vs AU-W Dream11
The last time the two sides played a test match, it was the indomitable Ellyse Perry who scored a double century to stall tall amongst the rest of the batting order. She’s one of the most flawless all-rounders in the game at the moment, a player who never seizes to impress her with her exuberant capabilities as both a batswoman and bowler.
From England we just couldn’t go into this match without Natalie Sciver. The most bankable name in her side, the player has consistently assisted with both the bat and ball and is going to be instrumental to her side’s chances today as well.
Bowling Order for EN-W vs AU-W Dream11
With wickets bound to tumble in this match, we have heavily packed our bowling department with a plethora of names being opted to. For the first time across the course of this Ashes series we have 5 bowlers make up the culminating facet of our side with a trio of picks coming in from Australia.
While the experienced Megan Schutt was always going to be opted by us, we are getting in two players who are set to make their debut today. Spinner Sophie Molineux was her side’s match winner in the warm-up encounter, picking up 4-30 to compliment her scores of 65 and 33 and the left arm spinner is bound to work up an English batting line-up filled with right hand bats.
Completing the trivalent from Australia is Tayla Vlaeminck, a name who is being heavily touted to massively succeed on the international arena. She has in her artillery immense pace, hitting the 125km/h mark to pick up wickets with disdain and we are banking on her to be a real difference maker for us in this match.
With the Taunton ground’s surface looking one which is bound to be one that is going to play conducive to spinners, we have the stalwart duo of Anya Shrubsole and Sophie Ecclestone make a way into our side from England.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Elisa Perry was the unanimous choice when it came to selecting the captain while we have gone in with Molineux as our vice-captain.
Women’s Ashes ODIs
Match: England Vs Australia Women Test Match
Date And Time: 18th July, Sunday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: The County Ground, Taunton