ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – England vs South Africa Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England Women vs South Africa Women taking place? Sunday 23rd February, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England Women vs South Africa Women taking place? W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth

What is the expected weather for England Women vs South Africa Women? 29c in partly cloudy skies

What channel is England Women vs South Africa Women on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream England Women vs South Africa Women? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for England Women vs South Africa Women? Ticket information for all ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches here

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND WOMEN

  • England Women won the inaugural Women’s T20 World Cup on home soil back in 2009 but despite a further three appearances in finals since then, they have been unable to reclaim the title.
  • Their last appearance in the final came in the tournament previous to this one in 2018 but they were comprehensively defeated by Australia in that game as a promising campaign saw them finish as runners-up.
  • England are one of the favourites for the tournament this time around with new coach Lisa Keightly on board and with Heather Knights ably supported by the likes of Danni Wyatt and Nat Sciver, they have every chance of going one better than last time out.

SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN

  • South Africa have competed in all six editions of the Women’s T20 World Cup but have failed to impress with the Proteas failing to make it beyond the semi-final of the tournament in any of those appearances.
  • Despite possessing plenty of talent, they have actually only made the semi-finals on one occasion which came in 2014 and they will be desperate to put some poor efforts behind them in the 2020 version of the tournament.
  • They have named an experienced squad for this competition and will be led by captain Dane van Niekerk who is back following a difficult year with injuries in 2019 and she will have a big role to play alongside the likes of Marizanne Kapp.

THE PREDICTION

England Women have the potential to go all the way in this Women’s T20 World Cup but need to find some consistency to their game if they are to lift the trophy. They suffered a shock defeat to Sri Lanka Women in their recent warm-up game which was less than ideal preparation for this tournament but that should allow them to realign their focus ahead of this tricky opening game against the experienced South Africa Women. The Proteas have the squad to do well in this tournament but are likely to come up short in this first game with England able to prevail.

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