Venue: WACA Ground, Perth. TV: Channel 7/Two/Mate. Start time 10:20am AWST/ 1:20pm AEDT
Amazing to think the Australian International summer is almost over, after it began just 10 months ago! The final act is the Rose Bowl series between the Australian women and the New Zealand women, who I assume are all sheep.
Why are you talking about women’s cricket there Jason? Why, because any sport where the Aussies can heave one out on the ram rooters is one that I can support.
Also because it’s Thursday and I have to keep my really top jokes in store for tomorrow’s posts.
The White Ferns haven’t beaten Australia in the Rose Bowl series since 1999, which was also the last time Australia defeated the All Blacks in a Bledisloe test. In that time, the Aussies have won 15 out of 16 series, with one draw.
The Southern Stars have gathered most of their southern stars, many that I recently found out about five minutes ago, including the Big Three of Captain Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry, joined by the likes of opening batswoman Rachael Haynes, pace bowler Megan Schutt and wicketkeeper Beth Mooney.
The White Ferns are led by all-rounder Amy Satterthwaite, but the real headline act is the fastest bowler in women’s cricket, Lea Tahuhu. She played for the Renegades in the WBBL, and even though her name may sound like mild laughter, the Aussies won’t be laughing once she comes steaming in on the fiery WACA deck.
The major wildcard is the 18-year-old Amelia Kerr, who already holds the record for the highest Women’s ODI score, and is the youngest player ever (man or woman) to score a double century in international cricket, after belting 232* against Ireland last year (Key word being Ireland). Other than that, she’s been very inconsistent, with just one other half century, so the chances of her becoming the third Kerr to dominate in Perth are uncertain.
Either way, I’ll enjoy seeing the Aussie women with a great chance of winning another ODI series, something the men won’t be doing for the next several decades.
TL:DR- Yes, New Zealand plays women’s cricket