Women’s International Championship Update

With Round 3 of the Women’s International Championship now completed, Australia sit way out ahead after their 4-2 points victory over England. Meanwhile, coming up in Round 4, England face South Africa and Australia travel to India.

Australia 16
South Africa 11
West Indies 10
England 9
Pakistan 8
New Zealand 8
Sri Lanka 5
India 5

With the top 4 teams automatically qualifying for the 2017 World Cup, England’s defeat in the Women’s Ashes ODI series means they end Round 3 in the right half of the table… but only just! Given that Australia have all-but qualified, the real battle is for places 2-through-4 and no one is out of that scrap yet by any means.

The big series of Round 4 is England v 2nd-placed South Africa. England will play 3 ODIs (February 7th, 12th & 14th) and 3 T20s (February 18th, 19th & 21st) against the Women Proteas in South Africa; and three wins for Mignon du Preez’ side would not only leave them very nicely placed for automatic qualification but potentially put England in a bit of trouble, given that New Zealand will be looking to take a maximum 6 points from their home series with Sri Lanka.

Also next February, Australia host India. Those matches take place just days after the climax of the Women’s Big Bash, so the Southern Stars will be match-fit, but (the Indians might also be hoping) perhaps also a little tired after the intensities of their domestic season. India will obviously be desperate to take something from that series; but keep in mind that the bottom 4 teams can still make the World Cup via the qualifying tournament – something which you’d certainly expect India to do.

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UPDATE: This article was updated on 09/08/15 – thanks to The Clanger for calling-out my dodgy maths – see below!

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3 thoughts on “Women’s International Championship Update

  1. Australia need a lot more than just 3 wins …..

    Consider the following results…..

    SA : Aus (6-0) and NZ (6-0) WI (3-3) so end up on 26pts
    WI : Pak (6-0), Ind (6-0), SA (3-3) and Eng (1-5) so end up on 26pts
    Eng : SA (6-0), Sri (6-0) & WI (5-1) so end up on 26pts
    Pak : Eng (6-0), Ind (6-0) and NZ (6-0) so end up on 26pts

    so Australia need to make at least 27pts to be certain of being in the top 4.

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      • Actually I’ve found a combination that requires Aus to get 28pts:

        SA : Aus (6-0) and NZ (5-1), WI (3-3), Eng (2-4)
        WI : Pak (6-0), Ind (6-0), SA (3-3) and Eng (2-4)
        Eng : SA (4-2), Sri (6-0), WI (4-2) & Pak (4-2)
        NZ: Aus (6-0), Pak (6-0), SA (1-5), Sri (6-0)

        puts all 4 teams on 27pts.

        (clearly (i) it doesn’t matter whether Eng get 4-2, 5-1 or 6-0 against Pakistan and (ii) it doesn’t matter what happens in Sri v Ind. It leaves Aus needing to beat Sri and Ind both by 6-0 to get to 28pts).

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