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Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES
Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES

Ellyse Perry Withdraws From The Hundred Citing Personal Reasons

Ellyse Perry, Australian all-rounder has withdrawn from the inaugural season of The Hundred citing personal reasons. The 30-year old woman cricketer was slated to play for Birmingham Phoenix but the all-rounder has pulled out of the tournament.

Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women's Hundred Getty Images
Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women’s Hundred Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s Australia Teammates Also Pulled Out

Ellyse Perry’s Australia teammates Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, and Meg Lanning have also pulled out of the showpiece event, ahead of the start of the multi-format series against India, which begins in September.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, as saying.

Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s absence further depletes a Phoenix squad that will already be without Sophie Devine. The New Zealander had pulled out of the tournament last month, The women’s Hundred will begin on July 21 and will run until August 21.

Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham (all representing Welsh Fire), Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland (all representing Trent Rockets), Ashleigh Gardner (Ellyse Perry’s teammate in Birmingham Phoenix), Alyssa Healy, and Nicola Carey (both Northern Superchargers) had already withdrawn while Rachael Haynes had confirmed her unavailability to turn out for the Oval Invincibles in May.

Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, And Deepti Sharma Will Feature In The Hundred

Meanwhile, five Indian women cricketers — Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma — will be seen in action in the inaugural edition of ‘The Hundred’. Shafali Verma is the number one ranked short-form batter and she has joined Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Sophie Devine.

Harmanpreet Kaur will star in the opening match, at the Kia Oval on July 21, as she joins Manchester Originals. Jemimah Rodrigues will feature for Northern Superchargers. Smriti Mandhana is set to form a devastating opening partnership with Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave, while Deepti Sharma joins England captain Heather Knight at London Spirit.

Shafali Verma became the third youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the third-youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women

The Hundred, to be organized and invented by ECB, will feature eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition will be played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21.
The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that will see prominent players (both men and women) featuring in the tournament in the English summer.

Meg Lanning, World Cup 2022
Meg Lanning. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Was Disappointed With World Cup’s Postponement But Looking Forward To “Massive year” 2022: Meg Lanning

Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning has now set her eyes on 2022 after the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 got postponed. She was disappointed with ICC’s postponement decision. but supports the decision because of the prevailing circumstances across the globe.

Last month, ICC decided to postpone the Women’s World Cup 2021 scheduled in February-March in New Zealand although the COVID-19 cases in the hosting nation were under control.

The governing council opined that they had postponed the tournament to give enough preparatory time to the teams which they had lost because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Meg Lanning. Photo Credit: Twitter

Earlier this year, Meg Lanning guided the team to their fifth T20 World Cup victory after defeating Team India in the grand finale by 85 runs. Since that triumph, her team has not got a competitive match because of the pandemic. Therefore, the Aussie captain was hoping for the World Cup next year but the suspension of the tournament had disappointed her.

“No doubt we were disappointed the World Cup got pushed back by a year; we were gearing up for that as a bit of light at the end of the tunnel but at the same time we understand the decision. There’s so much that goes into those things and probably a lot we don’t know or understand and that’s the decision the ICC has made,” Meg Lanning was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

2022 is going to be a massive year: Meg Lanning

Meg Lanning,
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

Now, Lanning is looking forward to 2022 when the teams will play three major events- the rescheduled ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup in South Africa and the Commonwealth Games.

She expressed that 2022 is going to be a massive year for them. She added that her team would start the preparation for all the impending events with the upcoming series against New Zealand.

“Now we’re just looking towards 2022, which is going to be a massive year for us and could potentially be a couple of world tournaments in there and a Commonwealth Games. So that’s something we’re looking forward to and we’ll get started with this series coming up and then build toward 2022,” Meg Lanning added.

Australia and New Zealand will play ODI and T20I series in September. After this, they would play in the Women’s Big Bash league scheduled from 17th October.

Meg Lanning, Australia Women, India Women, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
Meg Lanning. Photo Credit: Twitter

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Meg Lanning Opens up on Tackling Indian Bowlers

The defending champions Australia will fight for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 trophy against India at home on 8th of March. Notably, these two teams also played the series opener but the result didn’t go into Australia’s favour. Australian skipper Meg Lanning very well remembers their defeat against India’s strong bowling line up in the league match. And, she said that her team is very well prepared to face India.

In the curtain-raiser, India set up a below-par target of 132 runs in front of a strong batting line up of Australia. But the Indian spinners played a crucial role – to dismantle the team.

Well, Poonam Yadav‘s wrong’un were not very well read by Australian batters. Thus, they were bundled out at 115 runs.

Meg Lanning opens up on Australia’s preparation against India:

Ahead of the marquee clash, Lanning said that India’s bowling attack is quite dangerous. She believes not only Poonam Yadav but also Rajeshwari Gayakwad and other left-arm spinners are worrying factors for them.

“It’s not just Poonam we need to worry about it. They’ve got some really good left-armers too, such as Rajeshwari Gayakwad. They’ve got a really strong line-up right through their bowlers and they have spinners who can change their pace,” Lanning said.

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“We will be facing some slow spinners at training. We’ll be as prepared as we can be and making sure we adjust to what’s happening at the time.

India’s crucial player Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have failed to score runs. However, Lanning opines that they can not take them lightly.

“Obviously Smriti Mandhana is a world-class player too and Deepti Sharma has also played well against us. We feel our bowling line-up can adjust to different things,” she said.

Biggest Moment of my career: Meg Lanning

Nevertheless, she is confident about her team’s performance and cleared the motive to bring back the trophy home.

Meg lanning,
Meg Lanning. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We’re not coming just to put on a good show. We’re coming here to win and that’s the attitude we’re going in with. It’s been a long time coming and the build-up to the game is something I’ve not experienced before. It will be the biggest moment of my career,” she said.

Four-time champions Australia are no stranger to title wins. Lanning herself has guided her team to victory in 2018 against England.

Lanning said that it is the biggest moment for her to play in front of Melbourne Cricket Ground‘s crowd.

Megan Schutt, hat-trick
Megan Schutt (Image Credit: Google)

Megan Schutt Creates History After Claiming ODI Hat-Trick

The 26-year-old pacer Megan Schutt became the first Australian Women’s bowler and 11th overall bowler to claim a hat-trick in Women’s ODI history. Also, she became the first bowler in Women’s international cricket history to claim more than one hat-trick and that too in different formats.

On Wednesday (11th September), Windies Women and Australia Women met in the last ODI of the three-match ODI series at Antigua. Australia Women already secured the ODI series before that third ODI as they were leading that series by 2-0. However, Australia Women side made the third ODI memorable with some great achievements.

Megan Schutt claimed a hat-trick in the final over of the first innings

Megan Schutt claimed a hat-trick in the final moment of Windies Women’s innings. On the fourth, fifth and sixth balls of the 50th over, Schutt dismissed the lower-order batters Chinelle Henry (39 runs), Karishma Ramharack (0 runs) and Afy Fletcher (3 runs) respectively. While Schutt bowled Henry and Fletcher, Ramharack gave a catch to Ellyse Perry. Schutt finished that match with the bowling figures of 10-2-24-3.

Megan Schutt, hat-trick
Megan Schutt (Image Credit: Google)

With that hat-trick, Schutt became the 11th overall cricketer but first Australian Women’s cricketer to claim a hat-trick in Women’s ODI history.

Here are the brief details of the hat-tricks in Women’s ODI history

Player (Team) Opposition Victims Venue Date
Carole Hodges (England) Denmark Susanne Neilsen, Pia Thomsen and Heidi Kjaer Banstead 20 July 1993
Julie Harris (New Zealand) West Indies Eugena Gregg, Cherry-Ann Singh and Patricia Felicien Chiswick 26 July 1993
Emily Drumm (New Zealand) Australia Zoe Goss, Jo Garey and Joanne Broadbent Adelaide 3 February 1996
Clare Connor (England) India Rupi Shastri, Hemlata Kala and Anjum Chopra Northampton 9 July 1999
Saibh Young (Ireland) England Laura Harper, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Sarah Clarke Reading 12 August 2001
Lotte Egging (Netherlands) Pakistan Asmavia Iqbal, Qanita Jalil and Sadia Yousuf Stellenbosch 22 February 2008
Dane van Niekerk (South Africa) West Indies Shaquana Quintyne, Anisa Mohammed and Tremayne Smartt Basseterre 7 January 2013
Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka) New Zealand Anna Peterson, Erin Bermingham and Lea Tahuhu Lincoln 3 November 2015
Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh) Ireland Kim Garth, Clare Shillington and Mary Waldron Belfast 10 September 2016
Masabata Klaas (South Africa) Pakistan Aliya Riaz, Umaima Sohail and Sidra Nawaz Potchefstroom 9 May 2019
Megan Schutt (Australia) West Indies Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher Antigua 11 September 2019

It was the second international hat-trick for Megan Schutt

Megan Schutt, hat-trick
Megan Schutt (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, Megan Schutt became the first player in women’s international cricket history to claim two hat-tricks and that too in different formats. Earlier, on 26th March 2018, Schutt claimed her first international hat-trick against India Women at Mumbai T20I. In that T20I game, she dismissed Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma in three consecutive deliveries.

Ellyse Perry completed 150 ODI wickets

Coming back to the Antigua ODI, earlier in Windies’ innings, Ellyse Perry completed her 150th ODI wicket after dismissing the opener Reniece Boyce (1). In her 109th ODI, Australian right-arm pacer Perry achieved this feat. She became the third bowler to claim at least 150 wickets in Women’s ODI history. Only the Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami (218 wickets) and former Aussie pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180 wickets) are ahead of Perry in the most wickets list in Women’s ODI history.

Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Finally, Windies Women were bundled out for just 180 runs (50 overs). Kyshona Knight (40 runs) scored the highest runs for her team in that innings. Lower-order batswomen Chinelle Henry (39 runs) and Sheneta Grimmond (34 runs) added some crucial runs.

In reply, Australia Women chased down that target in 31.1 overs after losing only two wickets. Opener and wicketkeeper-batswoman Alyssa Healy (61 runs) and captain Meg Lanning (58* runs) helped the team to chase down that target easily.

Meg Lanning became the leading international run-scorer for Australia Women

During Australian innings, Meg Lanning became the most run-scorer for Australia Women in international cricket history. Surpassing the former cricketer Karen Rolton, who scored 6,221 international runs for Australia Women, Lanning has scored 6,233 international runs for this team.

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

Australia Women won this match by eight wickets with 113 balls remaining and won the three-match ODI series by 3-0.

Meg Lanning, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

Meg Lanning Creates Record After Beating Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli

Australia women’s national cricket team captain Meg Lanning recently completed her 13th ODI century. During that century completion, Lanning even broke the men’s cricket records and became the fastest batter to score 13 ODI centuries. Even Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli etc. are now behind of her.

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Meg Lanning is the most centurion in women’s ODI history. On Thursday (5th September), during the opening ODI of the three-match ODI series between the host side Windies Women and the visitors Australia Women, Meg Lanning hit her 13th ODI century.

Meg Lanning, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

Playing her 76th ODI innings, Lanning claimed her 13th ODI century. After completing that century, the 27-year-old became the fastest (including men’s cricket) to hit 13 ODI centuries. In overall ODI history, former South African batsman Hashim Amla was the previous record holder. The right-handed batsman hit 13 ODI centuries in 83 ODI innings. Indian star Virat Kohli took 86 ODI innings to register 13 ODI centuries.

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Player (Team) Number of ODI innings to hit 13 ODI centuries
Meg Lanning (Australia Women) 76
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 83
Virat Kohli (India) 86
Quinton de Kock (South Africa) 86
David Warner (Australia) 91

Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy centuries guided Australia Women to the big victory

Captain Meg Lanning scored 121 runs off 146 balls against Windies Women. She hit 12 fours and four sixes in that innings. Also, the opener Alyssa Healy scored 122 runs off 105 balls (12 fours and 2 sixes).

Meg Lanning, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli
Alyssa Healy (Image Credit: Google)

After the opener Rachael Haynes (0) lost her wicket on the first ball of this game, Healy-Lanning provided the magnificent 225 runs partnership for the second wicket. It was the second-highest ODI partnership for Australia Women’s cricket history. Their batting helped Australia Women to manage 308/4 in 50 overs, after losing the toss.

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In reply, Windies Women were all out on just 130 runs (37.3 overs). Only Stafanie Taylor (70*) and Chinelle Henry (14) managed to reach the double-digit scores in that innings. However, the extras were the second most run-scorer in that innings, which were 31 (26 wides and five leg-byes).

Australia Women won this match by 178 runs and have taken the 1-0 lead in this three-match ODI series. Alyssa Healy won the Player of the Match award for her firing century knock.

Meg Lanning, Women's T20I
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

Meg Lanning Creates A World Record In The First Women’s T20I Match Against England Women

On last Friday (26th July), Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning created a world record in Women’s T20I cricket after registering the highest individual score in Women’s T20I history.

It was the first game of the three-match Women’s T20I of the ongoing Women’s Ashes 2019 between England Women and Australia Women at Chelmsford. It was the must-win game for England Women to save the Women’s Ashes 2019 but suffered a record-margin defeat.

Meg Lanning, Women's T20I
Australia women’s national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

After winning the toss, the host captain Heather Knight decided to bowl first. While the opener Alyssa Healy lost her wicket in the very first over of the match, another opener Beth Mooney controlled that innings along with the captain Meg Lanning.

They had an incredible 134-run partnership for the second wicket. While Mooney scored 54 runs off 33 balls (8 fours and 1 six), Lanning was unstoppable with the bat.

Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 133-run off 63 balls

The Aussie captain completed her second T20I century in just 51 balls. Continuing her aggressive batting, Lanning remained not out on 133 runs off only 63 balls. She hit 17 fours and 7 sixes in that fantastic innings.

Meg Lanning, Women's T20I
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

In the last over of that innings, Lanning surpassed the previous record of 126 runs and became the highest individual run-scorer in Women’s T20I history. The former record-holders were Meg Lanning (126 against Ireland Women at Sylhet on 27th March 2014) and the Netherlands opener Sterre Kallis (126* against Germany Women at Cartagena on 27th June 2019).

Finally, Australia Women scored 226/3 in 20 overs. It is their highest total in Women’s T20I history.

Chasing down that big target, England Women only managed to score 133/9 in 20 overs. Only Lauren Winfield crossed the 30-run mark in that innings as she scored 33 runs. Meanwhile, Katherine Brunt (29), Natalie Sciver (28) and Laura Marsh (25) were the only other batters to cross the double-digits.

Among the visiting bowlers, pacers Megan Schutt (3/25) and Ellyse Perry (2/11) were the bowlers who claimed more than one wicket.

Australia Women won this match by 93 runs. It was the third-largest T20I victory (by runs) for Australia Women. On the other hand, it was also the largest T20I defeat (by runs) for England Women.

With this victory, Australia Women’s have taken the unassailable lead in the Women’s Ashes 2019 points table. Before the last two T20I matches of this tournament, Australia Women’s are leading by the 8-2 points margin.

The records of this match:

i) Australian Women’s captain Meg Lanning registered the highest individual score in Women’s T20I history after scoring 133*. The previous record holders were Meg Lanning (126 against Ireland Women at Sylhet on 27th March 2014) and the Netherlands opener Sterre Kallis (126* against Germany Women at Cartagena on 27th June 2019).

ii) Australia Women managed their highest T20I total after managing to score 226/3 (20 overs). Their previous record was 209/4 (20 overs) against England Women at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 31st March 2018.

iii) England Women lost this match by 93 runs. It is their largest defeat (by runs) in Women’s T20I history. England Women’s previous largest defeat was by 57 runs against Australia Women at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 31st March 2018.


Top 10: The Most Beautiful Women Cricketers Of All Time

Women’s cricket have grown immensely over the past decade. The huge success of 2017 world cup has helped their game get more exposure and attention from audience. With women cricket bridging the gap in cricketing terms with men, there are few aspects that they are leagues ahead.

One of them is the style and glamour of women cricket, which the men cricket is not even close to. Keeping it in mind, here we look at  10 female cricketers who can take your breath away even off the field with their beauty!

#10. Dane Van Niekerk

Top 10: The Most Beautiful Women Cricketers Of All Time 4
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Dane Van Niekerk has made her debut in 2009 for South Africa. Ever since her debut, she made a name for herself with her impressive spin bowling. Primarily a spin bowler, she googlyed out many fans with her looks as well.

She came in fore during 2015 and began to become an important player for the side. At 26, she still has a long career ahead and will look to make South Africa one of the finest cricket teams in the world. Since 2016, she has been the captain for South Africa’s women team across three formats. She played 99 ODIs and 76 T20Is for South Africa.

Meg Lanning, BCCI, Cricket Australia, Women's IPL

No Australian Players in Women’s IPL, BCCI Slams Cricket Australia For BlackMailing

In another side of the story, the game of cricket always revolved around the money with sponsors, Broadcasters having their own rights. The pressure of Broadcasters will always be at the peak on the respective cricketing boards, which sometimes turn into cheap politics. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia wants to make use of it, as they blackmail BCCI by not allowing Australian women cricketers for Women’s IPL.

Australian women cricketers have always played a major role in the development of women cricket. However, the cricket operations of Australia Belinda Clarke wants to make use of it to threaten BCCI.

The actual story is that Cricket Australia wants to postpone a 3-match bilateral series between Australia and India, which is to be played in 2020. And also, at that time, Australia’s schedule will be at a peak stage, as they prepare for Ashes, which has always been their main priority.

Meg Lanning, BCCI, Cricket Australia, Women's IPL
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Using women players for Men’s cricket is in bad taste – BCCI

For the same, they wanted to postpone the series, something, which is unlikely to happen, as BCCI won’t back out. Meanwhile, they threatened BCCI by asking them to postpone if they want Australians in Women’s IPL.

“If you look at the contents of Belinda’s email, it is clear that they are resorting to blackmailing tactics. How is releasing women players related to men’s series. And also, it was agreed as per FTP and they want to backtrack now,” a senior official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Women's T20 challenge, IPL 2019
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“Since April 5, there hasn’t been a single communication from CA and we had no option but to name the teams. Using women players to sort out men’s cricket issue is in bad taste,” the official added.

However, BCCI announced their squads without Australian cricketers in it. The three teams will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj.

And also, Teams:

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues. Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia. Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar. Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England). Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).

Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England). Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies). Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.

Megan Schutt ICC Rankings
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ICC Rankings: Australia’s Megan Schutt Takes Top Spot Among T20I Bowlers

The fast bowler from Australia, Megan Schutt has leapfrogged to the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings.

Meanwhile, Schutt finds herself in the top spot after a brilliant performance in the tri-series.

Schutt finished with nine wickets in the tournament including three for 14 in the final against England. Australia banked on Schutt’s effort to dominate the tri-series in India.

Meanwhile, Schutt held this position briefly last year, having been at the top of the rankings between 19 and 21 November 2017.

The latest rankings take into account the recently concluded Sri Lanka-Pakistan series and New Zealand-Windies series. New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek is another major gainer.

ICC Rankings: Australia's Megan Schutt Takes Top Spot Among T20I Bowlers 5
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The off-spinner jumped seven places to be at the second spot after finishing with ten wickets in the series. Meanwhile, Kasperek’s previous best was the fourth position in November last year.

India leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (up six places to a career-best fifth ranking), Pakistan off-spinner Nida Dar (up four places to 13th) and Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari (up 18 places to 24th) are the others to move up in the list of bowlers.

Meanwhile, among the batters, Australia captain Meg Lanning has gained one slot to take the third position. She scored 175 runs in the tri-series including a blistering 88 in the final.

Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Indian Women, Tri-series
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Beth Mooney (up three places to fourth), India opener Smriti Mandhana (up 13 places to a career-best seventh position), Windies’ Hayley Matthews (up four places to 15th) and Pakistan’s Javeria Khan (up two places to 22nd) are the others to make significant gains.

However, Australia (132) tops the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which take into account results across formats.

Further, England (127), New Zealand (121), and India (113) follows Australia.

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Meg Lanning Slams 88 as Australia Record Comprehensive Series Victory in India

The Australian women’s team made light work of arch-rivals England in the final of the tri-national T20I series also involving India. They won by 58 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Captain Meg Lanning ended their tour of India on a brilliant note as they clinched the ODI and the T20 series with utmost dominance.

It also ended Australia’s drought of winning a T20I series. It came after a gap of two and a half years. England suffered a big blow before the final when Danielle Hazell replaced Heather as the skipper as the later sustained a hamstring injury. For Australia Beth Mooney recovered in time to be available for final of the tournament.

It was England who won the toss and put the oppositions in. Tash Farrant provided an early breakthrough, but they soon recovered as Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner stitched together a useful partnership. Both scored 33 each before being sent back by Gunn.

Meg Lanning Slams 88 as Australia Record Comprehensive Series Victory in India 6
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However, the main drama was yet to unfold as Meg Lanning, and Ellyse Villani shared a sensational partnership of 139 runs where they simply tormented the English bowlers and registered the highest score in a women’s international T20I match. Lanning smashed a scintillating 88, Villani contributed a well crafted 51. Out of 205 runs, a massive 158 runs were scored of boundaries.

It also ended Australia’s wait for a piece of T20 silverware in the shortest format of the game after a long span of almost two-and-a-half years. In reply, England got off to a pretty wobbly start and never really recovered. Danielle Wyatt scored 34 and went to end the series as the leading run-getter of the tournament.

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