England Women will lock horns with New Zealand Women in the 12th match of the ongoing Commonwealth Games (CWG 2022) at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Thursday (August 4). Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals from Group B and will hope to win the last game before the knockouts.
Hosts England have been one of the teams to beat in the competition, with youngsters Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp stepping up in Heather Knight’s absence. They have a balanced unit with a lot of firepower and depth and will fancy their chances of topping the points table.
New Zealand Women, on the other hand, have been equally impressive, with Suzie Bates starring at the top of the order. Although both teams look evenly-matched on paper, England will hold the edge going into this much-awaited clash in Birmingham.
Match 12: England Women vs New Zealand Women
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: August 4, at 8:30 PM IST and 5:00 PM Local
Although the pitch at Edgbaston is a decent one to bat on, there will be enough in the pitch to keep the bowlers interested. It will be a good competition between bat and ball.
Predicted Playing XI
England Women: Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Alice Capsey, Natalie Sciver (c), Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Sarah Glenn.
New Zealand Women: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Izzy Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson, Hannah Rowe and Hayley Jansen.
England vs New Zealand – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Amy Jones, Maddy Green, Sophia Dunkley (c), Alice Capsey, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Devine (vc), Amelia Kerr, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Lea Tahuhu and Hannah Rowe.
Fantasy Team 2: Amy Jones, Suzie Bates, Sophia Dunkley (vc), Alice Capsey, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr (c), Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Lea Tahuhu and Hayley Jensen