It’s been well publicised that Mali Women were dismissed for the lowest ever T20I total last week… 4 all out against Rwanda!
What some of you may have missed is that they followed that up with 11 all out against Tanzania the following day then 10 all out against Uganda the next. That’s 25-30 then!
They made 30-9 against Rwanda again yesterday mind…
So things are on the up!
This of course has brought into question the validity of the records being set and T20I statistics in general. I’ve heavily promoted my proposed structure of international cricket, one that would currently see a team such as Mali not hold full international status but have the right to earn it. Teams such as England would currently have full international status but could lose it. That’s meritocracy in sport (Hey Manchester City Women’s football team… meritocracy!).
As it stands, all international women’s teams have full status. I’m a big believer in being better for gaining experience. Mali will improve and I look forward to hearing about it. I’m not a fan of the idea of picking and choosing statistics. Cricket should be a global game and whilst this may have been a chastening experience for the Malians they will be better for it. International sport should be ruthless. That is how the best help the weaker sides improve and therefore create competition. Don’t get me started on critics of the USA Women’s football (Soccer!) team. for their celebrations against Thailand. Anybody who has a problem with that is not someone who should be allowed anywhere near competitive sport. Even if it’s the absolute doldrums of the village cricket circuit, I don’t ever want anybody taking it easy on me!
The Women’s Ashes takes place this summer and it’s certain to be hotly contested by two extremely talented sides. The multi-format series starts in early July with three ODIs before a single Test and a further three T20Is.
In captain Heather Knight as well as the likes of Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, England possess genuine world class professionals throughout their side.
Not to mention super stumper Sarah Taylor!
For Australia, Captain Meg Lanning and the ridiculously effective all-round star Ellyse Perry will be key to their chances but their strength goes far beyond those two. The likes of Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt will help the visitors pose a severe threat to the home side.
With the men’s ODI World Cup and Ashes series taking place in England this summer, it’s to be hoped that the women’s encounters gain the exposure that they deserve.
Since the multi-format points system came into place, the urn has alternated between holders with home advantage playing a pivotal role. England won at home in 2013, Australia won down under in 2014, England again won at home in 2015 before Australia regained the title on home turf in 2017. England will be hoping that Australia don’t buck the trend this year!
China Women succumbed to a record-breaking defeat at the hands of UAE in a T20I encounter in Bangkok today. Both the margin of defeat (189 runs) and their brittle batting effort (14 all out) mean the players enter the record books for all the wrong reasons!
With T20I status now applied all across the globe, it’s to be hoped that such humbling defeats don’t discourage players from emerging nations and that cricket continues to evolve into a truly worldwide sport.
It was Kings of Convenience who said that “Failure is always the best way to learn”…
Looking forward to China posting competitive totals in the future.
Congratulations to men’s cricketers from Argentina to South Korea and beyond. You now join the women in having full T20I status. What a way to celebrate 2019s arrival at the crease!
Here’s my YouTube debut. Enjoy…
Brisbane Heat opener Grace Harris required only 42 deliveries to reach a scintillating century against Melbourne Stars in WBBL 2018-19.
Harris has history at this level but appears to have been employed primarily as a bowler when donning Australian colours. She’ll be hoping that her exploits with the willow can earn her a recall to the national side then both Australia’s men’s (Marcus) and women’s teams could have Harris at the top of the order.