|ICC Girls’s World Twenty20|
|Venues: Guyana, St Lucia, Antigua Dates: 9-24 November|
|Protection: Ball-by-ball Take a look at Match Particular commentary and in-play video highlights on all video games on BBC Radio 5 stay sports activities additional and by way of the BBC Sport web site & app; stay textual content commentary on all England & Eire video games, plus chosen different matches|
After 5 tournaments performed in parallel with the boys’s occasion, the ICC Girls’s World Twenty20 lastly holds its first standalone version, within the West Indies.
The hosts are additionally the defending champions after their victory in India in 2016. England, in the meantime, are hoping for a repeat of 2009, once they received the inaugural competitors whereas nonetheless holding the 50-over Girls’s World Cup – which they received once more on house soil final yr.
Three-time winners Australia stay robust, whereas World Cup runners-up India, perennial semi-finalists New Zealand and enhancing South Africa may also fancy their possibilities. In the meantime, the sport’s shortest format will permit Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Eire to dream of overturning the shape e book.
The construction of the competitors is straightforward – the 10 groups are divided into two round-robin teams of 5, with two groups from every group qualifying for the semi-finals.
BBC Take a look at Match Particular summariser Ebony Rainford-Brent, a part of England’s successful squad in 2009, has picked out a few of the gamers and groups to look at.
Chamari Atapattu (Sri Lanka)
Position: Left-handed opener, right-arm seamer, captain
T20 worldwide document: 69 video games; 1,162 runs (common 17.60, strike price 92.73); 14 wickets (common 31.92, economic system price 6.43)
2018 kind: Regained the captaincy in March, however missed the Asia Cup with dengue fever and has a high rating of 31 in T20 internationals this yr.
Ebony’s view: “She hit 178 not out towards Australia within the World Cup in England final yr, and since then she’s performed around the globe within the Large Bash and the Tremendous League.
“She’s a harmful left-hander who can take you aside. Massively be careful for her.”
Do you know: Atapattu is the primary Sri Lankan girl to play within the huge abroad T20 leagues – lining up for Yorkshire Diamonds in England’s Tremendous League, and for Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Large Bash.
Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
Position: Proper-handed middle-order batter, right-arm seamer
T20 worldwide document: 102 video games; 2,089 runs (common 25.47, two centuries); 46 wickets (common 20.00, economic system price 6.27)
2018 kind: An unremarkable yr by her requirements, averaging underneath 20 in eight T20I appearances – with a 44-ball 59 in an ODI being a spotlight.
Ebony’s view: “She’s damaged information earlier than, and she will bowl a few of the most deadly yorkers on the dying.
“Though she’s not fired for a very long time, she’s a high quality participant. I noticed she took three wickets in a warm-up sport – and taking part in at house, I would be careful for her.”
Do you know: Dottin’s century towards South Africa within the opening match of the 2010 match, from 38 balls, was the primary scored in ladies’s T20 internationals. It remained the quickest in males’s or ladies’s T20 worldwide cricket till crushed by David Miller and Rohit Sharma (each 35 balls) in 2017.
Sophia Dunkley (England)
Position: Proper-handed middle-order batter, leg-spin bowler
T20 worldwide document: Uncapped
2018 kind: Received the Kia Tremendous League with Surrey Stars, impressing coach Mark Robinson sufficient to call her as one in all three uncapped – and uncontracted – gamers within the England squad.
Ebony’s view: “When a staff suppose they have you on the ropes, she will are available in at six or seven, knock the ball round, hit a few boundaries and alter the dynamic of a sport.
“She’s bought some helpful leg-spin and he or she’s an attention-grabbing participant I am trying ahead to seeing.”
Do you know: Though that is her first official England call-up, Dunkley skilled with the complete facet throughout the summer time collection towards New Zealand.
Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)
Position: Proper-handed batter, off-spin bowler
T20 worldwide document: 17 video games; 220 runs (common 18.33, strike price 136.64); 11 wickets (common 24.81, economic system price 7.00)
2018 kind: Established herself at quantity three for Australia, not too long ago hit 63 not out from 37 balls towards Pakistan.
Ebony’s view: “She could be completely harmful in terms of batting – she scored 100 within the Girls’s Large Bash League final yr. She hasn’t performed within the Tremendous League, though I am positive everyone desires her, and her potential is unbelievable.
“We all know Australia have Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, but when Gardner fires, it may be very harmful.”
Do you know: Final yr, Gardner turned the primary indigenous Australian to play for the nationwide ladies’s cricket staff since 1958.
Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)
Position: Proper-handed batter, leg-spin bowler
T20 worldwide document: 17 video games; 22 runs (common 5.50, strike price 81.48); 14 wickets (common 23.78, economic system price 5.66)
2018 kind: Burst on to the scene at age 17, hitting a world document ODI rating of 232 not out towards Eire in June – then took 5-17 in the identical sport.
Ebony’s view: “She’s a younger leg-spinner who made historical past with that double century and 5 wickets towards Eire. She’s solely simply turned 18 and is a severe expertise.
“Spin is all the time essential in ladies’s T20, and he or she has a wonderful googly which she would not thoughts bowling first ball. With that potential variation on West Indies wickets, she will likely be important to look at.”
Do you know: Kerr comes from a cricketing household – her maternal grandfather Bruce Murray performed 13 Assessments for New Zealand between 1968 and 1971, whereas her father Robbie Kerr performed first-class cricket for Wellington.
Lizelle Lee (South Africa)
Position: Proper-handed opener
T20 worldwide document: 53 video games; 1,107 runs (common 24.06, strike price 103.45)
2018 kind: Smashed 104 from 58 balls within the ultimate to assist Surrey Stars win the Tremendous League. Hit three half-centuries for the Proteas, flogging England for six sixes in a 37-ball 68 at Taunton in June.
Ebony’s view: “She’s one of the best ball striker within the sport, as she confirmed with that hundred within the Tremendous League ultimate. If it is her day, pitch the ball in her half and it is going out of the park.
“She used to go gung-ho from ball one, however over the previous couple of years, she’s discovered to be affected person. Now, you may see her nudging the ball round for 2 or three overs and that is the place she’s most harmful.”
Do you know: Lee performed for Somerset within the Girls’s County Championship in 2015, alongside England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole – additionally turning out in membership cricket for Tub the place her team-mates included BBC Take a look at Match Particular commentator Isabelle Westbury.
Smriti Mandhana (India)
Position: Left-handed opener, vice-captain
T20 worldwide document: 47 video games; 868 runs (common 21.17, strike price 112.28)
2018 kind: Began the yr properly, hit T20 half-centuries towards South Africa and Australia, and two towards England, averaging 49 from eight innings between February and March – however has solely averaged 10 from 10 since June.
Ebony’s view: “I would say one of the best cricketers I’ve watched within the final 10 years within the ladies’s sport could be Australia captain Meg Lanning, and Smriti Mandhana.
“She’s an unbelievable expertise, a really classical left-hander who’s stunning to look at however hits with a lot ease – the sixes go flying however it appears to be like easy. If she will get going, India will qualify, easy as that. If she would not, I believe they may wrestle.”
Do you know: Mandhana high scored within the Tremendous League with 421 runs from 9 innings for Western Storm, together with a century at Previous Trafford – however needed to miss Finals Day to attend an India coaching camp.
Hayley Matthews (West Indies)
Position: Proper-handed opener, off-spin bowler
T20 worldwide document: 33 video games; 641 runs (common 20.03, strike price 107.19); 34 wickets (common 16.79, economic system price 5.83)
2018 kind: Was high scorer within the West Indies’ regional T20 championship, and not too long ago hit 70 from 52 balls towards South Africa.
Ebony’s view: “When West Indies received this match in 2016, she hit a quickfire 66 off 45 balls within the ultimate towards Australia.
“She was solely 18 then, now at 20 she’s going to be at house, she’s matured as a participant and he or she’s undoubtedly one to look at.”
Do you know: Matthews will not be solely the quantity two all-rounder within the ICC ladies’s T20 rankings (behind her captain Stafanie Taylor), however her all-round expertise additionally lengthen to throwing the javelin, the game at which she represented Barbados as much as under-18 stage.
Ebony’s verdict: Who will attain the semi-finals?
“England will get by means of – however their possibilities of successful the match may rely upon whether or not they end first or second in Group A. In the event that they end first and Australia end first in Group B, they will not meet within the semi-finals. In the event that they find yourself clashing, that would trigger an issue.
“It is a powerful name, however I am going for South Africa to undergo with them as they’re just a little extra disciplined than West Indies. Bangladesh have been beginning to win video games within the Asia Cup, the place they’ve crushed India and Pakistan. Whereas they won’t qualify, they may trigger an upset.
“Australia will qualify from Group B. I’d give India a shout due to Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. New Zealand may miss out this time, which is uncommon as a result of they’re an excellent staff, however I believe they may simply miss the boat.”
And what about Eire?
“Whereas they’ve certified for the previous couple of T20 tournaments, they have been disappointing and we have not seen consistency from them. It is extra about proving to themselves that they belong there.”