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ICC women’s ODI rankings – Stafanie Taylor ninth in batting, Hayley Matthews eighth among allrounders

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Taylor also occupied fourth place in the allrounder rankings, behind only Marizanne Kapp, Natalie Sciver and Ellyse Perry

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor and opener Hayley Matthews both made gains in the women’s ODI rankings, following their performances in the recently-cancelled Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Taylor moved up to ninth in the women’s batting list, while holding on to fourth place in the allrounder rankings, after she helped West Indies to a six-wicket victory against Ireland in Harare. Matthews, meanwhile, climbed to joint-eighth in the allrounder rankings.

Taylor contributed with both bat and ball during West Indies’ win last week, taking the crucial wicket of Eimear Richardson on her way to finishing with 2 for 15, before scoring an unbeaten 54-ball 41 to steer a chase of 160. That performance took her to 676 ranking points in the batting list, and to 319 points in the allrounder table, behind only Marizanne Kapp (384), Natalie Sciver (372) and Ellyse Perry (365).

In that same game, Matthews chipped in with figures of 10-3-20-2, removing Ireland captain Laura Delany and Orla Prendergast in a single over. She came out of the game with a career-best 272 ranking points in the allrounder list, joining joining Katherine Brunt and Jess Jonassen in a three-way tie at eighth.

Despite a 114-run defeat to Pakistan, a number of Zimbabwe players also made a move up the rankings. Sharne Mayers (+24), Francisca Chipare (+14) and Loreen Tshuma (+18) all shot up in the bowling rankings. For Pakistan, Sadia Iqbal (+14), Fatima Sana (+16) and Anam Amin (+8) made the biggest gains, having taken eight of the 10 Zimbabwe wickets between them.

On Saturday, the women’s ODI World Cup qualifying event in Zimbabwe was called off after travel restrictions were imposed on large parts of southern Africa following the detection of a new Covid-19 variant, called Omicron, in the region.



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Brandon King has his sights on 2022 T20 World Cup

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The batter’s immediate aim is to top the scoring charts in the coming T20Is against England at home



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WI vs Eng, 2022 – Jason Roy returns to action with 36-ball hundred ahead of West Indies T20Is

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England signalled his fitness by smashing 115 off 47 in a warm-up match ahead of the T20I series against West Indies

England 231 for 4 (Roy 115, Vince 40*) beat Barbados Cricket Association President’s XI 137 for 11 (Springer 36, Mills 3-25) by 94 runs

Jason Roy marked his return to fitness by hitting a 36-ball hundred – and 115 off 47 overall – in England’s warm-up match against a BCA President’s XI at Kensington Oval.
Roy has not played any cricket since tearing his left calf muscle during England’s final Super 12s game of the T20 World Cup against South Africa in November when he collapsed in pain after running a single and was carried off the pitch.

But his onslaught, which contained nine fours and ten sixes, signalled his fitness ahead of the five-match T20I series that starts on Saturday and will be staged in Barbados in its entirety.



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Recent Match Report – ENG Women vs AUS Women 1st T20I 2021/22

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Meg Lanning said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up

Toss Australia chose to bowl vs England

Australia opted to field in the first T20I against England in Adelaide, the opening match of the 2022 Women’s Ashes.

Grace Harris has been recalled to cover for Mooney’s absence and is listed in the middle order, while legspinner Alana King will make her debut for the home side, who are without the injured Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux.
Maia Bouchier will play just her third T20I for England after she impressed during the warm-ups. Part of England’s senior Ashes squad, she top-scored with 27 for England A in the second T20 warm-up, both of which were won by the A side.

Lanning, the Australia captain, said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up.

“It’s a belter of a wicket, it always is at Adelaide Oval,” Lanning told the host broadcaster. “We feel like we’ve got a different look but hopefully we’ve got all bases covered.”

Heather Knight said she would have also opted to bowl, had she won the toss.

Making up the multi-format series, three T20Is in Adelaide will be followed by a Test in Canberra, then three ODIs – the first in Canberra and two in Melbourne. Two points will be awarded for victory in each of the limited-overs matches, with the Test worth four points for the win.

Australia: 1 Alyssa Healy (wk), 2 Meg Lanning (capt), 3 Tahlia McGrath, 4 Rachael Haynes, 5 Ashleigh Gardner, 6 Grace Harris, 7 Nicola Carey, 8 Jess Jonassen, 9 Alana King, 10 Tayla Vlaeminck, 11 Megan Schutt

England: 1 Tammy Beaumont, 2 Danni Wyatt, 3 Heather Knight (capt), 4 Nat Sciver, 5 Amy Jones, 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Maia Bouchier, 8 Katherine Brunt, 9 Sophie Ecclestone, 10 Sarah Glenn, 11 Freya Davies

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo



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