Latest WWC17 News

Lanning misses game v Pakistan with shoulder injury

Cricket Australia has today advised that Meg Lanning will miss Australia’s ICC Women’s World Cup match against Pakistan today due to aggravating a chronic shoulder injury.

Cricket Australia’s Board have endorsed a recommendation from the National Selection panel to make Rachael Haynes captain in Lanning’s absence, whilst Alex Blackwell will remain vice-captain.

Haynes, 30, has played 34 ODI’s for Australia having scored a total of 832 runs at an average of 32.

Australian Women’s Team Physiotherapist, Kate Mahony said: “Meg has been undergoing rehabilitation on her right shoulder, following a chronic injury. The decision for Meg to miss today's match will enable her to focus on some rehabilitation and we’ll continue to monitor her ahead of taking part in any further matches in the tournament.”

Speaking on the selection of Haynes, National Selector, Shawn Flegler said: “Rachael has a wealth of leadership experience including successfully guiding Victoria to back-to-back national Twenty20 titles and alongside Alex, will ensure the team is led to continue their current form. We know that Rachael is capable of coming in and doing the job that is asked of her as she demonstrated in New Zealand earlier this year when she scored a half-century after a lengthy absence from the national side.”

Munroe & Knight in for Selman and Connell

The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 has approved Subrina Munroe and Kycia Knight as replacements for injured players Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell in the West Indies squad for the tournament.

Selman was struck on the head by the ball while fielding during the match against Australia on 26 June while Connell suffered a hip injury in the match against India on 29 June.

Both replacements have considerable experience in international cricket. Wicketkeeper-batter Knight has 762 runs and 19 dismissals in 44 ODIs while her 36 T20I appearances have seen her score 408 runs and effect 18 dismissals. Pace bowler Munroe has taken 11 wickets in 23 ODIs and 13 wickets in 21 T20Is.

Pakistan lose Maroof

The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 has approved Iram Javed as a replacement player for Bismah Maroof in the Pakistan squad for the tournament.

Maroof suffered an injury to her right hand while fielding during Pakistan’s match against host England in Derby on Tuesday.

Iram, 25, has played seven ODIs in which she has scored 37 runs and taken three wickets. In 19 T20Is she has scored 101 runs and taken one wicket.

South Africa v New Zealand washed out

Due to heavy overnight rain and persistent rain during the day, the South Africa v New Zealand league match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The teams both take one point each from the fixture, which takes them to the top of the current standings - see here.

Pakistan guilty of slow over rate

Pakistan has been found guilty of maintaining a slow over rate during its ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against England in Leicester on Tuesday.

Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the sanction after Sana Mir’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

As per Appendix 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel there is no financial penalty against the Pakistan players, however, if Pakistan commits a second minor over-rate offence during the event with Sana as captain, then she will be suspended for one match.

India and New Zealand win on opening day

New Zealand swept aside Sri Lanka in their opening game of the WWC17, chasing down 188/9 for the loss of just one wicket. Sri Lanka had been looking good at 143/1, but crumbled as Holly Huddleston helped herself to 5/35. In reply the Kiwis lost Rachel Priest early on but skipper Suzie Bates (106*) and Amy Satterthwaite (78*) saw them home in the 38th over.
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In the other opener India shocked England winning by 35 runs, having blasted 281/3 in their 50 overs. Smriti Mandhana looked in fine form for her 90, as did Mathali Raj (71), but England were off-colour with the ball and in the field. With the bat they started poorly too, losing Beaumont, Taylor and Sciver to be 67/3, but Heather Knight (46) and Fran Wilson (81) rebuilt and when Katherine Brunt (24) added some impetous England were in with a shout needing 76 off the last 10 overs, but a series of run outs cost England, notably the unfortunate run out of Wilson with her bat over the line, but in the air.
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England opener Lauren Winfield ruled out of first game

Opening batsman Lauren Winfield will miss England’s ICC Women’s World Cup opener against India on Saturday after sustaining a wrist injury in the final warm-up match against New Zealand. She is to be reassessed early next week but is also likely to be unavailable for England’s second group game, against Pakistan at Leicester on Tuesday 27 June.

As an extra precaution the hand will be in a protective cast until further information is available to medical staff.

South Africa crush West Indies &
Australia cruise past Pakistan

South Africa bowled out West Indies for a paltry 63, and then chased down their target in 19 overs. Masabata Klaas helped herself to 4/14 and there were three run outs as the Windies' batting disintergrated. Laura Wolvaardt (26) and Lizelle Lee (18) looked to have it all under control in response, but both fell within a short space of each other and Trisha Chetty and Chloe Tryon followed in successive balls to Anisa Mohammed, but with so few runs on the board South Africa eased home.

Australia finished their warm-ups with another convincing victory, restricting Pakistan to 156 all out in nearly 47 overs and then knocking them off with Beth Mooney retiring on 60 and Meg Lanning ending 40*. They will have sterner tests to come.

England crush Kiwis &
India stifle Sri Lanka

England bowled New Zealand out for just 130 in just over 38 overs and then knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets (including the retirement of Lauren Winfield with a back spasm) to set down a significant marker ahead of Saturday's first match. Only Satterthwaite, Martin and Green got into double figures for the Kiwis, as Anya Shrubsole (2/11) made the early inroads and Laura Marsh (3/7) made sure that New Zealand got little or no batting practice. In reply Tammy Beaumont (51*) and Lauren Winfield (27) put on 45 for the first wicket before lunch. Winfield failed to reappear after the break, but it mattered little as Nat Sciver (38) took England to the brink of victory before she and Dani Wyatt fell in quick succession. But England got over the line in the 28th over.

Meanwhile England's opening opponents India had an easy day of things against a lacklustre Sri Lanka. India made 275/8 from their 50 overs with Mithali Raj top scoring with 85, and openers Poonam Raut (69) and Smriti Mandhana (44) spending some useful time at the crease. The Sri Lanka reply was more about batting practice than it was about trying to win the game. They ended up well short with their run rate never exceeding four an over. Dilani Manodara top scored for Sri Lanka with 49, but off 83 balls.

Australia pile on the runs against Saffers &
Pakistan stun West Indies

In the first of two warm-up games today the Australians amassed 324/5 against the South Africans, thanks to 137 from Elyse Villani, and 67 from Ellyse Perry. Having made her 100 Villani was brutal on the South African attack, who conceded 67 off the last five overs. The chase never looked like being on after Lizelle Lee was run out in the first over of the South African reply. They were eventually bowled out for 221 with good contributions from Trisha Chetty (62) and Dane van Niekerk (54). Nadine de Klerk hit a sprightly 32 off 22 balls as the fell well short. Jess Jonassen picked up 3/22.

In the second game Pakistan held their nerve to reach a target of 247 set by the West Indies with 14 balls to spare. Nain Abidi (81*) and Bismah Maroof (75) set up the win with a 4th wicket partnership of 141. Kainat Imtiaz smashed 14 off seven balls to get Pakistan over the line when it looked like they may be labouring. The West Indies total of 246/7 was based around 59 from Felicia Walters and 43 from Merissa Aguilleira, but their run rate proved to be too pedestrian.

Sky Sports to show all 31 WWC17 games live

Sky Sports have today confirmed that they will show all 31 games of the Women's World Cup live over their various platforms. The matches will be available on tv or across Sky Sports digital platforms.

All of the England games will be shown live on tv, on Sky Sports Mix, so a subscroption to Sky Sports will not be necessary to view these games. In total 14 games will be shown live on tv and the rest will be available on other platforms.

For more details follow this link

England and New Zealand win opening warm-up games in some comfort

Both England and New Zealand had comfortable victories in their first official warm-up games, handing 8 wicket and 7 wicket defeats to Sri Lanka and India, respectively.

England bowled out Sri Lanka for 155 in 47.2 overs, with all the England bowlers used claiming at least one wicket. Chief destroyer was Anya Shrubsole who took 3/27. In reply openers Lauren Winfield (35) and Tammy Beaumont (31) put on 66 for the first wicket, and when they were out the good work was carried on by Sarah Taylor (49*) and skipper Heather Knight (32*). England got home in the 31st over.

New Zealand claimed bragging rights over India after they bowled them out for just 130 in 45.1 overs. Anna Peterson (2/14), Erin Bermingham (2/20) and Hannah Rowe (2/25) were all amongst the wickets, with only Punam Raut (31), Mona Meshram (30*) and Mithali Raj (21) making double figures for the Indians. In reply New Zealand made steady progress through Rachel Priest (52) and Suzie Bates (32), putting on 72 for the first wicket. Bates and then Satterthwaite then went, but Priest completed her half century before she too fell to Poonam Yadav (2/19). Katie Martin (29*) and Sophie Devine (20*) saw the White Ferns home in the 27th over.

World Cup warm-up games begin

With just five days until the competition begins in earnest, today sees the start of four days of official warm-up games.

Today England take on Sri Lanka at Chesterfield and New Zealand take on India in an intriguing game in Derby. We will be following both games and will have a full report on each game tomorrow.

On Tuesday Australia take on South Africa and West Indies play Pakistan.

On Wednesday it is England v New Zealand, which should be another cracker, and India v Sri Lanka.

The warm-up games finish on Thursday with Australia v Pakistan and West Indies v South Africa.

World Cup winners will receive $660,000

The eight top teams of the world will be vying for a winner’s prize of $660,000 in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which starts on Saturday.

In line with the ICC’s strategy of enhancing the stature of women’s cricket, the ICC had earlier in May announced that the total prize money for the tournament would be $2 million, 10 times the amount at stake in the 2013 edition.

The prize money filters down the ladder with the runner-up winning $ 330,000 and the losing semifinalists getting $ 165,000 each. Teams exiting at the group stage will get $ 30,000 each while each win in the group stage will earn a side $20,000.

West Indies land in UK

The West Indies cricket team is the first to arrive in England ahead of the Women's World Cup, which starts on 23rd June. The West Indies kick off their WWC campaign with a tough opening fixture against Australia on 26th June in Taunton, and have been preparing with a five day training camp in Barbados, before heading to their UK base in Southampton. During their build here the West Indies are due to play practice matches against England on 6th June in Loughborough and the Southern Vipers on 9th June at the Ageas Bowl, plus official warm-up games against Pakistan (20th) and South Africa (22nd).

Sarah Taylor interviewed ahead of World Cup return

Sarah Taylor has given her first interview ahead of her return to competitive international cricket after almost a year out of the game through anxiety.
She appears calm and relaxed as she explains what has been happening over the past few months and her eventual desire to return to training and then to cricket proper. She admits that she is not the finished product as a cricketer, but that she is proud of herself for making the comeback and that she is looking forward to the WWC17 and wants to win.

You can see the full interview here

Sarah Taylor named in England World Cup Squad

England have named Sarah Taylor as their only wicket keeper in their WWC17 15 player squad. Taylor has only played one game in the past year and that was last week for Sussex. But she top scored and kept wicket well and it was obviously enough for England coach Mark Robinson to name her in his squad.
Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Dani Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt

Australia Squad Announced

Australia have announced their 15 players for the Women's World Cup, including two uncapped fast bowlers: 32 year old WNCL veteran Sarah Aley and 19-year-old Belinda Vakarewa.
Squad : Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

New Zealand include 16 year old Kerr in their WWC17 Squad

New Zealand have named their 15 player squad for the Women's World Cup, which includes 16 year old leg spinner Amelia Kerr and young pace bowler Hannah Rowe. They join an experienced squad of players, twelve of whom were at the T20 World Cup in India 2016. The tournament should see Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite pass 100 ODI caps, provided they remain fit.
Squad : Suzie Bates, Captain, Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Vice-Captain, Lea Tahuhu

South Africa last team to name their squad for World Cup

South Africa are the last team to name their 15 player squad for the Women's World Cup. Currently injured Dane van Niekerk, who missed the recent Quad Series with India, Ireland and Zimbabwe, is named as the captain.
Squad : Dane van Niekerk (capt), Trisha Chetty, Mosaline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt

India name Mandhana in their WWC17 Squad

Smriti Madhana is the only change to the 15 player Indian squad currently playing in the Quadrangular Series in South Africa, replacing the unfortunate Devika Vaidya. Mandhana has been out with a knee injury that she picked up at the WBBL in January. She will come into the tournament having last played for India in December last year.
Squad : Mithali Raj (capt), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma (wk), Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Smriti Mandhana

Goswami becomes the leading ODI wicket taker in history

India's Jhulan Goswami picked up three wickets in today's WWC17 warm-up ODI against South Africa (3/20), which took her tally of ODI wickets to 181, surpassing the 180 of Australia's super quick, Cathryn Fitzpatrick. It has taken Goswami 153 matches, as compared with Fitzpatrick's 109, but they are both well clear of those behind with West Indies Anisa Mohammed the closest still playing on 136.
Full ODI career wicket stats are available by clicking here.

West Indies pick Daley and Four Uncapped Players

The West Indies have recalled Shanel Daley to their WWC17 squad, after three years of injury issues kept her out of contention. They have also added four uncapped players to the squad - Reniece Boyce (wicketkeeper), Quiana Joseph (16 year old fast bowler), Akeira Peters (left-handed allrounder) and Felicia Walters (top order bat). There is no place though for Shaquana Quintyne who is still recovering from an abdominal strain, nor for Britney Cooper, Stacey-Ann King or Tremayne Smartt.
The squad will be captained by the experienced Stafanie Taylor.
Squad : Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Quiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.

ICC confirms ALL games will be shown on tv or livestreamed

For the first time in the history of the ICC Women’s World Cup, this year’s tournament will see every ball of every game being covered live.

As part of a comprehensive coverage plan of the eight-team tournament, 10 matches will be broadcast live on television with DRS being introduced into the women’s game for the first time, and the remaining 21 matches will be live-streamed.

The television broadcasts, which will include the two semifinals and the final, will be covered with the help of 30 cameras. This includes, eight Hawk-Eye cameras which will be employed at each broadcast game for Ultra-motion ball-tracking that will enable a detailed analysis of the game.

The final at Lord’s on 23 July will provide a different level of experience with a drone camera and a Spidercam being deployed to capture different angles, something never seen before in women’s cricket or indeed at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s.

The ICC have also announced their commentary team which will include, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards and Anjum Chopra, plus Alison Mitchell. 

England skipper Knight has stress fracture in foot

The ECB have today announced that the England Women’s captain Heather Knight has sustained a small metatarsal stress fracture to her left foot and is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks.

For the first two to three weeks of her recovery Knight will wear a boot - designed to support the affected area - and will then spend the next two to three weeks back in light training and building back up to full fitness.

If her recovery goes as expected Knight should be available for selection for England’s ICC Women’s World Cup warm-up fixtures, starting on 19 June against Sri Lanka.

Dane van Niekerk out of SA squad for pre-WWC17 warm-up tournament 

Dane van Niekerk posted this photo on twitter of her injured right photo and wished her team good luck in the pre-WWC17 quadrangular tournament with India, Ireland and Zimbabwe. She will apparently be out for up to six weeks with the foot injury, and with only eight weeks until the start of the WWC17, the timing is not ideal.

India sack their Head Coach 2 months before the tournament starts - details

The BCCI have sacked former India coach, Purnima Rau, and replaced her with Tushar Arothe, the former Baroda batsman, who has been in charge of the Women's team before, back in 2012. Rau claims that she was not even told by the BCCI that she had been sacked, and claimed that it was the doing of Diana Edulji, one of the four members of the Committee of Administrators, who are now running the BCCI. "She has been vindictive always", said Rau. However Edulji states that the change was made at the behest of senior players, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur, who said that they wanted a man in charge.
Whatever the reason it is not the build up that the Indians would have wanted to the tournament.

Pakistan name their squad of 15 players

Pakistan too have named a new Head Coach, in Sabih Azhar, who replaces Kabir Khan. There are six changes from the squad that contested the World Cup qualifying tournament in February with Sidra Nawaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Diana Baig, Marina Iqbal, and Kainat Imtiaz, who getting a recall to the squad, who are joined by new face Waheeda Akhtar. The full squad is :-
Sana Mir (capt), Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Marina Iqbal, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Kainat Imtiaz, Asmavia Iqbal Khokhar, Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar, Nashra Sandhu, Ghulam Fatima, Sadia Yousuf

Farrell retires from ODIs for Australia - details

In a surprise move Aussie medium pace stalwart Rene Farrell has announced that she is retiring from ODI cricket with immediate effect. At 30 and with 44 ODIs under her belt she would have been a useful addition to the Aussie pace ranks, which have looked thin in recent months. She has indicated that she wants to be considered for T20 and Test cricket, but her name was not amongst the proposed list of contracted players for 2017/2018 announced recently by Cricket Australia.


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