The T20I series between Australia Women and West Indies Women witnessed the exceptional performances of Windies skipper Hayley Matthews, who dominated both the batting and bowling charts. However, despite Matthews’ heroics, the hosts clinched a 2-1 series win. Now, the two teams are set to face off again, this time in the 1st ODI match at the Allan Border Field.
In terms of squad changes, Australia Women have made minimal alterations, with Grace Harris being replaced by Alana King. On the other hand, West Indies Women have retained the same squad for both the T20I and ODI series.
The home team, Australia Women, holds a significant advantage going into this ODI match. They boast a deep batting lineup, with most of their key players in excellent form. In contrast, West Indies Women heavily rely on skipper Hayley Matthews in both batting and bowling departments, with inconsistent performances from others in the squad.
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Australia Women will be determined to find a solution to counter the Windies skipper, Hayley Matthews, who proved to be their nemesis in the recent T20I series. Matthews single-handedly led the Windies Women to victory in the 2nd T20I, prompting Australian skipper Alyssa Healey to devise plans for dismissing her early in the innings.
Megan Schutt will lead the bowling attack, and the strength of this bowling setup lies in its collective effort. Ashleigh Gardner, a reliable spinner, can trouble the visitors with her spin. The presence of all-rounders in the squad offers variety in the bowling attack. Tahlia McGrath and Ellyse Perry will play crucial roles in the middle order, anchoring partnerships and laying the foundation for substantial innings.
Australia’s batting lineup also boasts consistent performers, including Ashleigh Gardner and Phoebe Litchfield, who have delivered consistently. With a formidable team overall, Australia is set to present a stern challenge to the visitors.
Australia Predicted Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Kim Garth, Darcie Brown
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Hayley Matthews was the standout performer in the T20I series, securing the Player of the Match award in every game and earning the Player of the Series accolade. She topped both the batting and bowling charts, amassing 310 runs at an astonishing average of 155 and taking 5 wickets at an average of 17.40. However, cricket is a team sport, and one player alone cannot ensure victory.
In this ODI match, Matthews may not replicate her heroics from the 2nd T20I, and she will need support from players like Chinelle Henry, Stephanie Taylor, and Shemaine Campbelle to shine with the bat.
West Indies Women, like their Australian counterparts, possess several all-rounders in the squad, providing depth in the batting lineup. Players like Rashada Williams and Zaida James are crucial in the lower order. However, their previous ODI encounters against Australia have not seen promising performances from these players.
The skipper will also be banking on improved performances from the bowlers, particularly Aaliya Alleyne and Shamilia Connell, to challenge the formidable Australian batting lineup.
West Indies Predicted Playing XI: Hayley Matthews (c), Shabika Gajnabi, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams (wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Zaida James, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack
The pitch at Allan Border Field is conducive to both batting and bowling, offering a fair contest between bat and ball. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 23 degrees Celsius in Brisbane on the match day.
Allan Border Field in Brisbane has witnessed its fair share of high-scoring games, with an average 1st innings score of 217 runs in ODIs. Given the current form of both teams, a total of 250+ runs in the 1st innings is considered competitive for this match.
Toss: To Bowl
In the 18 ODIs played at this venue, the team bowling first has emerged victorious in 10 matches. Allan Border Field is not known for high-scoring encounters, and early success for the bowlers can lead to restricting the team batting first to a par score.
Australia Women enter this ODI as the superior side, with in-form batters and a deep batting lineup. They have the home advantage, familiarity with the conditions, and a strong track record. In contrast, West Indies Women have struggled in various aspects of the game and rely heavily on Hayley Matthews. As a result, Australia Women are the clear favorites in this match prediction, and the visitors face an uphill battle in their quest to challenge the hosts in ODIs.
Today Women Match Prediction: Australia Women
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