West Indies will bowl first after winning the toss
Stephanie Taylor says it was a no-brainer for her, even though her last three wins have come after batting first. Meg Lanning says: “We weren’t too upset.”
still no parry Australia is unchangedAlyssa Healy (wk), Rachel Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Annabel Sutherland, Ash Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcy Brown.
West Indies were forced to make a change: Alyssa Mohamed comes in for Effie Fletcher, who has covid: Deandra Dottin, Rashda Williams, Hayley Matthews, Stephanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbell (wk), Chadian Nation, Anissa Mohamed, Kissia Knight, Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack , Shamilia Connell.
We are ready for some cricket! Each side will face 45 overs due to the delay. The toss is coming right up. Each bowler is allowed nine overs.
Updates: The toss will take place at 12:15 pm local time for the start of the game at 12:45 (in 10 minutes). Just waiting for confirmation whether the delayed start will affect the quantity of overs.
Meanwhile, read Megan Maurice’s interview with Alana King about the Australian leggie’s slow rise to prominence.
I’ve obviously had to wait a few more years than others, but that means I’m really happy with where I am and I believe in where my cricket is. I think you have to be comfortable in your own skin, first and foremost. And I’ve done that over the years.
Another pitch inspection will take place in the afternoon local time
It’s about 25 minutes from now.
It will certainly take at least an hour after the drizzle has stopped before the game starts. I’ll bring updates whenever they come. if you’re out Contact, Isn’t it like it has been quiet in the cricketing world of late? Save me from this 10th custard cream meal.
It is not raining in Wellington but it is gray and hazy. There is no floodlight and the lighting is very poor at the moment. It all looks like a endorsement of some Kate Bush music video. clouds Huh Chest.
And then there were four. Just now,
This Women’s World Cup has it all – runs, wickets, diving catches, form-defying upsets and finish nail biting, The final over between India and South Africa, nothing more than a final (no) ball drama, decided the semi-final line-up. Indian heartache on the field was found together Cheers to the West Indies.
Welcome to Basin Reserve, Wellington for this maiden Women’s World Cup final between yellow-hot favorites for the trophy Australia and the maroon, mercurial, sometimes-disturbing-but-certainly-capable-giant-toppling of the West Indies .
Both sides are missing key players for today’s ding-dong in Wellington. The great news is that Ellyse Perry doesn’t have enough time to prove her fitness after a back spasm – Meg Lanning will be unable to summon her talismanic all-rounder. All has not been calm in the West Indies camp either, with leg-spinner Effie Fletcher testing positive for Covid and 19-year-old all-rounder Mandy Mangroo being allowed to replace him as a Covid deputy.
All recent match-ups (including a 7-wicket win for OZ earlier in the tournament) suggest that it will be the Aussies who will secure a place in Sunday’s final. But you just never know. If the tournament has shown us anything so far, it is that anything can and can be good. Cricket eh?
Jim here with the call, sadly, not from Wellington (where it’s raining a bit) but from a front room in south London (where it’s okay. You know, Ok,
I will be back soon with news of teams and toss, The play is running at 11 a.m./11 p.m. BST local time and 9 a.m. AEDT.