Squad - Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachel Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (capt), Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakerewa, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Key Player
Ellyse Perry
Captain Lanning may be the Meg-a-Star but it is Perry that the Aussies are really relying on make early breakthroughs opening the bowling, and hit quick runs in the middle-order. If Lanning doesn't come off, Australia can still win this World Cup. If Perry doesn't, they probably can't.

Young Player to Watch
Amanda-Jade Wellington
After an underwhelming WBBL02, with the last-placed Adelaide Strikers, the 19-year-old leg-spinner came roaring back in the recent Rosebowl Series against New Zealand, with 15 wickets including a best of 4-16 in the 3rd T20.


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
Key Player
Natalie Sciver
At 24 Nat Sciver already has 72 appearances for England under her belt and she has matured into England's most effective middle-order batsman. She has the capacity to hit the ball hard and long, if needed, and will be a prized scalp for all England's opponents.

Young Player to Watch
Alex Hartley
New to the England set-up in 2016, left-arm spinner Hartley made a splash on England's tour to the West Indies in October taking a record 13 wickets in the series. She was rewarded with an England contract in January 2017 and her street-smart bowling could be key for England.


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

Key Player

Harmanpreet Kaur
As she showed in her debut WBBL season, Kaur has the ability to single-handedly turn a game on its head. If she is at the crease towards the end of a tough chase, she usually overcomes her slow starts with her six hitting ability. A key bat and useful bowler for the Indian team.

Young Player to Watch
Shikha Pandey
Opening bowler Pandey has been consistent with the ball over the last six months, shouldering the responsibility as leader of the attack in the ICC Qualifier tournament, when Jhulan Goswami was injured. Her inswingers are likely to be even more of a threat in English conditions. No fool with the bat either.


New Zealand
Squad - Suzie Bates (capt), 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 capt), Lea Tahuhu
Key Player
Suzie Bates
Wisden's 2016 Leading Woman Cricketer in the World loves English conditions - she tore-up the English domestic scene last season, winning the County Championship, Super League and T20 Cup, and she will be New Zealand's anchor, with both bat and ball, as they look to avenge their disappointment at last year's World T20, where the favorites exited in the semi-finals.

Young Player to Watch
Amelia Kerr
Yet another young leg-spinner, the sixteen year old only made her debut last November, but has already taken two international 4-fers - against Pakistan and Australia. Unphased it seems by the big stage she could form an interesting partnership with fellow spinner Leigh Kasperek.


Squad - 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
Key Player
Bismah Maroof
The 25 year old has a remarkable 90 ODI caps for Pakistan and has been a stalwart of their, often fragile, batting line-up for over 10 years. Three times in the last two years she has made it into the 90s. Could she claim her first century in this Women's World Cup? There is no better stage.

Young Player to Watch
Nashra Sandhu
The slow left-armer is only 19, and has only played in a handful of ODIs, but she has a habit of picking up wickets, which could be vital if Pakistan are going to prove to be competitive

South Africa
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
Key Player
Shabnim Ismail

The firey opening bowler could enjoy the English conditions, and will intimidate many a batsman with her pace and aggression. She, and fellow opener Marizanne Kapp, will be keen to pick up early wickets, which could allow the Proteas to build pressure through their dual leg-spinners - Dane van Niekerk and Sune Luus.

Young Player to Watch
Laura Wolvaardt
South Africa's 18-year-old opening batsman already has two international centuries and three fifties to her name, and an ODI average of over 40. She isn't the quickest scorer, but she doesn't give too many chances either, and will likely anchor the innings whilst big hitters like Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty push on around her.

Sri Lanka
Squad - Inoka Ranaweera (capt), Chamari Atapathu, Chandima Gunartne, Nipuni Hansika, Eshani Lokusooriya, Ama Kanchana, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilari Manodara, Hasini Perera, Udeshika, Chamari Polgampola, Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardene, Prasadani Weerakodi, Sripali Weerakkody
Key Player
Chamari Atapathu
One of the most stylish of the Sri Lankan batsmen, she will be a key player if the Sri Lankans are going to post competitive totals with the bat. Given their stature they lack the physical power to bludgeon the ball to the boundary, but Atapathu has the timing and the style to score big runs.

Young Player to Watch
Nipuni Hasini
Another diminutive Sri Lankan, but the young left-handed opener is a gutsy no-nonsense batsmen, who is improving with every visit to the crease. Her job will be to negotiate the opening 10-15 overs, accumulating runs as she goes along.


West Indies
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
Key Player
Stafanie Taylor
Player of the tournament in last year's KSL in England, she has shown that she likes batting (and bowling) here. Her temperament in the KSL was unflappable, almost to the point of being too chilled, but she usually came through with the goods. A stylish hard-hitting bat, but rather reluctant (if useful) off-spinner.

Young Player to Watch
Hayley Matthews
Has had the pressure of being tagged the West Indies next big thing for sometime, after a spectacular start to her batting career in Australia on her first tour. Her form in ODI cricket since that start as a 16 year old has been patchy, but she has all the potential, if she can just harness it.


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    1. Under the ICC competition rules we understand they have to be submitted one month before the start of the competition, although as we have seen with the men's Champions Trophy this seems to be a bit of a moveable feast. We'd expect them all to be in by 23rd May.


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