England face dominant Australia

England face dominant Australia

Entering the final on the back of some dominating performances, Australia will fancy their chances when they take on England in the title clash of the women's T20 tri-series here on Saturday.

England had started their campaign with two successive wins, which also included the highest chase in T20 internationals against India. But were outclassed by both Australia and India in their last two league encounters, mostly due to poor batting performances.

If England are to do well, their in-form opener Danielle Wyatt will have to again score heavily. She will also need support from other batswomen including Natalie Sciver, Tamsim Beaumont and skipper Heather Knight on a batting-friendly track.

Sciver and Beaumont have been among the runs and will have to see that they don't play reckless shots and throw their wickets away. Others such as Amy Jones, too, need to chip in and her role will also be crucial.

On Thursday, the English women struggled to tackle the Indian spinners. They will have to be cautious in their approach against the Australian tweakers, especially Jess Jonassen.

On the bowling front, left-arm pacer Katie George, Tash Farrant and the experienced Jenny Gunn will have to keep the Australian batters at bay.

On the other hand, most of the Aussie batswomen -- Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, skipper Meg Lanning, Ellyse Villani, Ellyse Perry -- have been among the runs and if they fire in unison they can dismantle any bowling attack.

Lanning, who struggled earlier, got some runs under her belt against England and would be eager to pick up from where she had left.

Pacer Megan Schutt has been in terrific form and would have to produce another stellar performance if Australia are to restrict the English women. Schutt would expect support from medium-pacer Delisaa Kimmince, spinners Ashleigh Gardner and Jonassen.

However, an area of concern for the Aussies has been their sloppy fielding and they have dropped too many sitters.

Scores above 150 have been regularly witnessed in the tournament and another run-feast could be on the cards at the Brabourne Stadium.

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