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2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup | Analysis of Australia women's cricket team

The Australian women cricket team has got a very strong core with a lot of experience in varied match situations. Check out here the Australian women cricket team analysis for 2022 women cricket world cup.

Arkya Mitra
Last updated: 13.03.2022
2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup | Analysis of Australia women's cricket team

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The 2022 edition of the Women’s World Cup is scheduled to begin on 4th March 2022. Being held in New Zealand for the third time, the marquee event in the women’s calendar will consist of 31 matches culminating in the finals on April 3rd at Christchurch.


There are a total of 8 teams participating in the tournament. Australia, England, South Africa, and India obtained direct entry to the tournament along with the host New Zealand. With the Qualifier for the tournament canceled mid-way last year, the final 3 spots were determined through the ODI rankings at the end of the league, which meant that Bangladesh, Pakistan, and West Indies made the cut.



Main squad:

Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Rachael Haynes (vice-captain), Alyssa Healy (wicketkeeper), Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (captain), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington.


Strengths :

Dominant in big match situation


Much like their counterparts in men’s cricket in late 90s and early 2000s, the Australian team thrives on big-match situations and tournaments. They have been consistent performers, winning the World Cup 6 times in 11 appearances. They have featured in the finals of the tournament on 8 occasions.


Experienced core


The Australian squad has got a very strong core with a lot of experience in varied match situations. The captain, Meg Lanning, has been leading the team through all these years winning everywhere across the world. With 4000 runs to her name at an average of over 50, she is Australia’s mainstay in the batting department. Alyssa Healy is the fearsome opener who will be tasked to get the fast starts that her team needs whereas Ashleigh Gardner and Jess Jonassen lend the fireworks at the end. The bowling is equally experienced with Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry shouldering the responsibility.


Strong batting line-up


As evident from the recent performance in the Ashes, the Australian batting line-up is strong and reliable. Alyssa Healy and Rachel Haynes lend a good opening foundation, built on by Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney. Along with Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner and Jess Jonassen are power-hitters capable of decimating any bowling attack in the world.


Capable All rounders


The Australian attack has capable all-rounders who can contribute heavily with bat or ball. In addition to the 3000+ runs made by Ellyse Perry, she has claimed 156 wickets including the best figures of 7/22. Jess Jonassen has also scored 500+ runs but also has 118 wickets to her name. Ashleigh Gardner has played 42 games and already has 500+ runs and is closing in on 50 wickets, she has already claimed 43 of them. Tahlia McGrath has shown what she is capable of in her strong performances against India and England.


Weakness :

Inexperience Bowling attack


If their batting unit is strong, the Australian bowling attack is weak in comparison. Australia will be missing the services of the highly talented Tayla Vlaeminck, who can trouble batters with her express pace. They will also be disappointed with the loss of Sophie Molineux, the frontline leg-spinner who was ruled out due to a foot injury. Megan Schutt will be the backbone of the bowling attack supported by Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardner. Although all are experienced, none of them are specialist bowlers and Perry, the most successful of the three not being able to bowl long spells. The others, Darcie Brown, Amanda-Jade Wellington, and Alana King are inexperienced, having played only 19 matches between them. 


Threats :

Workload management of Ellyse Perry


Ellyse Perry has been a special player for Australian women’s cricket. It is no doubt that she is a certainty in the playing XI and will look to contribute to their fortunes in the tournament. However, she has not been the same since the injury she suffered at the Women’s World T20 at home in 2020. She has not played any innings of note with only a half-century and a three-for in her 9 matches since her comeback. The fact that she is not able to bowl her quota of overs remains a concern for the team.


Susceptible to batting collapse


Of late, the great Australian team has not had strong batting performances the way they had dominated in the past. They are prone to losing quick wickets and putting pressure on themselves too often, often depending on their middle-order to bail them out as was evident in the group stages of the World T20 and more recently at home, where India were able to snap their unbeaten streak.

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