ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – Australia vs New Zealand Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia Women vs New Zealand Women taking place? Monday 2nd March, 2020 – 04:00 (UK)

Where is Australia Women vs New Zealand Women taking place? Junction Oval, Melbourne

What is the expected weather for Australia Women vs New Zealand Women? 17c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What channel is Australia Women vs New Zealand Women on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Australia Women vs New Zealand Women? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Australia Women vs New Zealand Women? Ticket information for all ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches here

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA WOMEN

  • After the shock loss to India in the opening match of this T20 World Cup, Australia have bounced back in style with two emphatic victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but they now need to beat rivals New Zealand to reach the semi-finals.
  • They performances have improved in the last two matches with strong batting but they have a major concern over star all-rounder Ellyse Perry who has a hip problem and has missed training ahead of this game so they will make a late call on her inclusion.
  • Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney both hit stunning 80s in the last match against Bangladesh and they will hope that their top order can make an impact against what is a talented New Zealand bowling attack.

NEW ZEALAND WOMEN

  • New Zealand came within a fraction of throwing away any chance they had of reaching the semi-finals in their last match against Bangladesh as their batters collapsed to 91 all out only to be rescued but their bowlers.
  • Hayley Jensen and Leigh Kasperek each took three wickets apiece in that match and the duo have been key to their performances so far along with Amelia Kerr and they will have to be at their best against this Australian batting line-up.
  • Ultimately their batting simply has to improve with Rachel Priest (43 runs) and Suzie Bates (34) struggling for runs so far and if they are to have any chance of springing an upset, they need to produce much more than they have been.

THE PREDICTION

Hosts Australia and neighbours will fight it out for a semi-final spot in Melbourne as the winner will join India from Group A. Following their opening loss against India, Australia have improved with each game and know they have no margin for error now. They have yet to reach their best but they are getting close to it unlike their opponents. New Zealand have been far from convincing and their best display came in defeat to India. Otherwise, there was very little evidence in the win over Bangladesh that they can really push and spring a surprise against Australia. The hosts should have too much quality with the bat for their out-of-form neighbours.

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