England need to beat the West Indies in Sydney on Sunday morning to keep their Women’s World T20 hopes alive having lost their first Pool B game against South Africa at Perth last month.
There will be little between the four nations who make the semi-finals in Sydney on Thursday but I am convinced that England – led by the outstanding Heather Knight – will be in the last four and have the ability to make Sunday’s final at the MCG.
Hosts Australia are a shade of odds on at 17/20 to retain the trophy they won in the West Indies two years ago, but they don’t deserve to be such a short price –remember they lost to India in the first game of the tournament – and England must be the recommendation at a best priced 11/2 with bet365.
England have completely cocked up their batting order in their opening games of the tournament with the experiment of opening the batting with wicket keeper Amy Jones in the early games an abject failure. Tammy Beaumont looks sure to open the innings against the Windies on Sunday – 8am start – and with that in mind she looks overpriced at 13/2 with William Hill to be the top scorer for England.
England do have two world class batswomen at three and four courtesy of Nat Sciver and skipper Heather Knight, who has been the player of the tournament to date alongside the Indian leg spinner Poonam Yadav, but Beaumont is wasted coming in at six and it is only stubbornness on behalf of the England management team who have persevered too long with Jones at the top of the innings.
History will tell us how Australia went into the 2020 World Cup with the best all-round cricketer in the world, Ellyse Perry, batting at number seven while England have Beaumont at six. These two sides lost their first respective game in the competition, but I believe England will play the holders Australia in Melbourne on Sunday morning in the T20 World Cup Final – and do note over 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the game.
England are 1/5 to see off the challenge of the West Indies on Sunday morning. England expects and I feel Heather Knight’s side will oblige. England men were fortunate to win the men’s 50-over ODI World Cup final at Lords last summer against New Zealand, when they won four win or go home games on the spin.
England women potentially face three must win games over the next eight days beginning against the Windies on Sunday morning. They are taken to go all the way.