England are through to Sunday’s final of the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup after an emphatic 137-run victory over South Africa in the last four. Heather Knight’s team will now face Australia at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.
England beat South Africa in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, 2022, by 137 runs. England finished at the 3rd spot in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, 2022 points table with four wins and three losses from their seven group stage matches.
Nat Sciver is the top run-scorer for England, with 288 runs at a strike rate of 82. She has struck 32 fours. S Dunkley has also made 269 runs at a strike rate of 85. Sophie Ecclestone has been the best bowler for England and has picked up 20 wickets while bowling at an average of 12 and an economy rate of 3.40.
Australia beat West Indies in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, 2022, by 157 runs. Australia finished at the top spot in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, 2022 points table with wins from their 7 group stage matches.
Rachael Haynes is the top run-scorer for Australia, with 429 runs at a strike rate of 84. She has struck 50 fours and one six. Meg Lanning has also made 384 runs at a strike rate of 87. Jess Jonassen has been the best bowler for Australia and has picked up ten wickets while bowling at an average of 18 and an economy rate of 3.62.
The two sides started their campaigns together almost a month ago in Hamilton and will end them together, one holding the trophy, the other looking on at the Hagley Oval.
Australia have lost only one World Cup final, but it was not too far away from the setting for Sunday’s finale. Back in 2000, just down the road from Christchurch at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, Australia lost the closest final the tournament has ever seen, defeated by New Zealand by just four runs.
That year, England recorded their worst-ever World Cup finish of fifth before fighting back to take the trophy from Australia in 2009.
India’s GS Lakshmi, the first woman ever in the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees, will be the Match Referee for the final. Lakshmi also has the distinction of being the first woman match referee in men’s ODIs, having stood in the role during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in the UAE in December 2020.
Australia WWWWW (Last five completed matches; most recent first)
Australia – Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nic Carey, Ash Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington
England – Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver (VC), Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt