Oldest of rivals to face off in World Cup final

TOMOTTOW is the final of the 2022 Women’s 50 Over World Cup, and it will be contested by Australia and England. Now this may not be the Ashes, but expect a contest just as fierce between these two sides.

These two sides played each other earlier in the tournament, and played each other in an Ashes series just the summer gone, so the sides know each other very well.

Last time these two sides met was earlier in the tournament, and it was a tight affair. After Australia made an impressive 3/310, the English almost chased down the tally but fell 12 runs short.

Rachel Haynes and Meg Lanning starred for the Aussies with the bat that day, making 130 and 86 respectively, while Alana King took three wickets. Meanwhile for the English, it was Natalie Sciver who was really the backbone of the English innings, making 109 not out, and she was also the best of their bowlers with two wickets.

Both sides had quite dominant performances in their semi finals to make the big dance.

Australia trounced the West Indies by 157 runs, after Haynes and Alyssa Healy put on a stunning 216-run opening stance. Meanwhile for the English, after they put on a just as impressive total of 8/293 in their semi final against South Africa, Sophie Ecclestone ripped through the South African batting line up, taking six wickets in the process and ensuring the Proteas were bowled out for only 156.

Both sides are filled with talented, world class cricketers to keep an eye on.

For the English, their top end talent is also very experienced. The likes of Heather Knight, Sciver and Katherine Brunt have been around a very, very long time, so if the English do get into trouble they will rely on their calm, clever heads to get them out of trouble. They also have the tournament’s current leading wicket taker in Ecclestone, so they are not short on options in any situation.

Then there is the Australians. The likes of Haynes, Healy and Lanning have all been on fire with the bat at the World up, so the English will be keen to dismiss them quickly.

Meanwhile from a bowling perspective, it is the spinners who have really starred this tournament. Australia’s top three wicket takers at the tournament thus far are all spinners – Jess Jonassen, Ash Gardner and King.

Then there is the Ellyse Perry factor – will she play or will she not play? Now it has not been completely ruled out that she will play, but fans may not know if she will until the coin toss on Sunday morning.

So no matter what happens tomorrow, fans should expect a competitive match that will be highly entertaining.

The final of the Women’s 50 Over World Cup 2022 will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand. Match starts at 11am AEST on April 3.

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