The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the team of the tournament of the Women’s World T20 2018 based on performances during the 16-day tournament held across three venues in the West Indies.
Three players each from England and India, two from Australia, and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies have been named in the eleven, which was selected by an esteemed selection panel that included three former international players.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, one of two captains to make the squad along with Pakistan’s Javeria Khan, has been named to lead the team, with player of the tournament Alyssa Healy of Australia, India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana and England’s Amy Jones nominated to bat ahead of her.
Allrounders Deandra Dottin of the Windies and Allyse Perry of Australia, and England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole are the seam bowlers in the squad with off-spinner Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav of India and left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon of England the slow bowlers.
Bangladesh’s new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam has been named as the 12th player.
The selection panel comprised former players and commentators Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Melinda Farrell and the ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice.
Women’s World T20 2018 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):
Alyssa Healy (Australia) – 225 runs
Smriti Mandhana (India) – 178 runs
Amy Jones (England, wicketkeeper) – 107 runs, 5 dismissals
Harmanpreet Kaur (India, captain) – 183 runs
Deandra Dottin (Windies) – 121 runs, 10 wickets
Javeria Khan (Pakistan) – 136 runs
Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 60 runs, 9 wickets
Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand) – 8 wickets
Anya Shrubsole (England) – 7 wickets
Kirstie Gordon (England) – 8 wickets
Poonam Yadav (India) – 8 wickets
12th player: Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh) – 6 wickets
Ed Smith has to reveal his final 15-man squad for the World Cup at Lord’s on Tuesday, but we’ve saved him the hassle by naming it here…
“We are No. 2 in the world and that actually means that we have consistently produced some successful results in the last two years.”
West Indies kick-off their World Cup campaign on May 31 at Trent Bridge, where they face Pakistan.
Joe Burns has left the club after just one game in order to return to Australia for personal reasons.
England’s World Cup squad is far from set in stone, according to captain Eoin Morgan…
“It’s a tricky decision for selectors and I’m glad I’m not having to make that decision, but it has to be done I suppose.”
Mohammad Amir is one of three changes Pakistan have made from the squad that lost 4-0 to England in the recent ODI series.
“There’s always good rivalry between us and it’s going to be nice for us to see how we’re at against the best team in the world.”
England really ought to win the World Cup. They are so, so good.