New Zealand Women and Australia Women square off in the first game of the 3-matches ODI series at Brisbane.
Match Timings: Oct 03, 5:45 AM IST
After completing the T20I series, Australian summer is ready for its first ODI series after COVID-19 outbreak. Both sides will prepare for the next ODI World Cup which was scheduled in February 2021 but postponed for 2022. New Zealand can enter into the ODI series with high note after breaking Aussie jinx in T20s on Wednesday. Devine-led side beat Australians by 5 wickets to end the series 2-1 in a last-over thriller.
The ODI series would be quite different as New Zealand have some technical batswomen who can rotate the strike and take the innings forward. Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates are in fine touch along with the middle-order who had strike rate issues but the changed format can find New Zealand on top. The Hosts are always dangerous on their home soil and the recent form put them slightly ahead. The bowling department is giving big positives to their skipper as Wareham and Molineux were the leading wicket-takers of the T20 series.
Allan Border Field, Brisbane is a batting-friendly track. Being the 4th game on the same track, it would test the batswomen. Spinner could control runs in the middle-overs and the early first hour would be crucial with the new ball.
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince
New Zealand Women
Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin (wk), Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Lauren Down, Katie Perkins, Rosemary Mair, Lea Tahuhu
Last 10 ODIs – Runs: 619, Avg: 68.77, SR: 117.68
Last 10 ODIs – Runs: 367, Avg: 36.70, SR: 72.52
New Zealand Women
Last 10 ODIs – Runs: 337, Avg: 42.12, SR: 78.92
T20I series: 67 runs & 4 wickets
Last 10 ODIs – Runs: 290, Avg: 29, SR: 70.90