Australian Women and New Zealand Women will once again collide in another exciting Trans Tasman rivalry. The Australian team is set to host the White Ferns in the first ODI at the iconic WACA stadium in Perth. Both the sides would be eyeing to start this crucial series on a winning note. The second and third games of the series will be played in Adelaide and Melbourne on February 24 and March 3 respectively.
Australian Women team has been a dominant force in the world since the very beginning. Beating them in their home conditions will be an uphill task for New Zealand women. The hosts have never lost an ODI series against New Zealand at home for three decades. The reigning T20 World Cup champions have often been regarded as one best women cricket team to have ever graced the sport.
The home side looks favourites to clinch the ODI series against a quality opponent. Their batting lineup is the strongest in the limited-over format accompanied by a lethal bowling attack. Australia would be eager to show another world-class performance in front of their home crowd.
New Zealand, on the other hand, was humiliated by India in their backyard. Having lost the ODI series by 4-1, the White Ferns made a strong comeback in the T20I series. Defeating Australia in their home is no easy feat, but New Zealand Women can achieve it with their talented squad. The visitors would be hoping to win their first-ever ODI series Down Under in the last 30 years.
With the firepower of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates in their ranks, New Zealand has the capability to defeat the Australian outfit. The White Ferns must be eyeing to surprise the hosts in the opening game as the latter hadn’t played a single ODI since October last year. Both the teams last met in Rose Bowl ODI series in 2017. Having lost the first match, Australia bounced back in style to seal the series by 2-1.
- Sophie Molineux has been ruled out of the ODI series due to a shoulder injury.
- Delissa Kimmince will replace her in the playing XI.
New Zealand Women:
- The squad has named the same squad that played against India
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Georgia Wareham
New Zealand Women-
Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Probable Playing XI
Alyssa Healy, Elyse Villani, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, and Megan Schutt.
New Zealand Women
Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Amy Satterthwaite, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu and Anna Peterson
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
Sophie Devine (VC)
Ellyse Perry (C)
FUNTUSH RISKY XI