Pakistan is all set to face Australia in the three ODIs and three T20Is in Malaysia from October 18. The three-ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20); whereas three-T20I matches will help them to prepare well for the upcoming World T20. Here are the top 5 players, who could play a crucial role in the scintillating contest.
Australia captain Meg Lanning plays an important part in the middle order. No. 2 batter in ICC ODI batting ranking and No. 3 batter in ICC Ranking in the T20 format; she last appeared in an ODI against India in March. Lanning last played in the T20I against New Zealand earlier this month, where her team clinched the series by 3-0. She has scored 75 runs in 2 innings with the strike rate of 125, including one half-century.
She has been in a great form in the first round of the recently concluded Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL); where she has amassed 157 runs in 2 matches including a blistering 120*. Her formidable form will play a pivotal role for her team to score big as well as to chase them.
No. 1 in ICC ODI Batting as well as all-rounder rankings, No. 3 in ICC T20 All-rounder ranking and No. 5 in ICC T20 bowling ranking, Ellyse Perry last made an appearance in T20I against New Zealand earlier this month. She too last played in ODI against India earlier this year.
She has played 97 ODIs and 93 T20I matches till date; where she has scored more than 3400 runs and has 220 wickets in her name, including her best 5/19 in ODI and 4/12 in T20I against India. Her formidable form helped Australia to win the recently concluded T20 series against New Zealand.
She has scored 74 runs and bagged 5 wickets in the first round of WNCL. Her presence would help her team in clinching the victory from the most gruesome situations.
Alyssa Healy’s recent form can pose a great threat to their opponents. She amassed 138 runs in 3 matches with the strike rate of 146.81, including two half-centuries in the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand. Her stormy 67 off 44 helped Australia win the final match against New Zealand within 13 overs. In ODIs, her best score of 133 off 115 so far which came against India earlier this year.
Her form can make the winning foundation for her side. Along with her batting, her quick glove-work too will play a pivotal role for Australia.
Javeria Khan is one of the most dependable as well as experienced batters of Pakistan; who plays a major part in the middle order in both the 50-over and the shortest format of the game. No. 23 in ICC ODI Batting Ranking and 22 in the T20 format, she has over 3650 runs and 28 wickets in her 167 International matches till date.
She amassed 121 runs in 4 matches in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh; where they clinched the T20I series convincingly. Javeria led her side from the front in the tour in absence of regular captain Bismah Maroof, who has been ruled out due to a neck surgery.
Her experienced batting, as well as right-arm off-break, will play a pivotal role for her team to score big as well as to chase them and to restrict opponents within a below-par score.
26-year old slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Anam Amin will play a major role for Pakistan. Though she last appeared in an ODI nearly 2 years ago, she last played in the shortest format of the game earlier this month against Bangladesh. Her maiden 3 wickets haul (3-3-0-3) made the foundation of her team’s win in the 2nd T20I match against Bangladesh.
Her best bowling figure in an ODI so far are 4/7 against Bangladesh and 4/16 in T20I against West Indies till date. She has the ability to take wickets in crucial moments; which can help her side’s victory.