WWT20 Preview – Can New Zealand End The Era Of Aussie Dominance?

The WWT20 gets underway on Tuesday, with hosts India taking on qualifiers Bangladesh in Bangalore. But who will be lifting the trophy two-and-a-half weeks later in Kolkata?

If you’ve got smart money, it is probably on Australia, who have won the last 3 WWT20 tournaments, not to mention the World Cup in 2013 as well. Plus, if you were a conspiracy theorist, you’d have to think that there was a good reason why both “Meg Lanning” and “Machine” begin with the letter “M” – it just can’t be a coincidence!

However, recent form might suggest that the era of Australian dominance could be coming to an end. The table below shows the win percentages in the past 12 months for the top teams.

Team Played Won Win %
New Zealand 9 7 78%
England 6 4 67%
India 9 6 67%
West Indies 9 5 56%
Australia 12 6 50%
South Africa 9 4 44%

There is little room for doubt – New Zealand are the “form” team at the moment – and this is backed up by the more sophisticated rankings maintained by Women’s Cricket Blog.

The White Ferns recent success isn’t based on a single player either. In that past year they have had match-winning performances with the bat from Suzie Bates (54 off 53 v Australia); Rachel Priest (60 off 34 v India); and Sophie Devine (70 off 22 (sic!!) v India); and whilst her recent international form hasn’t been great, you can’t count out Sara McGlashan either, who hit 366 runs in WBBL, including a top knock of 79*, and has a highest international score of 84.

Their bowling is arguably their weakness, but whilst we might have said a year ago that women’s T20 was less of a batsman’s game than the men’s equivalent, if anyone is in a position now to prove that has changed it is New Zealand, and that is why they are our tip for the trophy in 2016.

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2 thoughts on “WWT20 Preview – Can New Zealand End The Era Of Aussie Dominance?

  1. Yes New Zealand have a very good chance this time around. Their biggest plus is an in-form and very capable list of top 5 batters who can score runs really quickly. And a resurgent Leigh Kasperek bowling her off-spin.

    But, they have just been beaten twice by England in a warm-up, who let’s not forget beat them 2-1 in a T20 series that falls just outside the “past 12 months” window you mentioned above.

    In today’s game they fell well short of a below-par 126 from an England side in “experimental” mode shall we say, who did not even manage to bat out their 20 overs. And let’s not forget the top scorer Tammy Beaumont, who is now just starting to prove a few doubters wrong, with a couple of nice little performances. Maybe she can bolster the middle order, and be the competition England need to keep the other batters on their toes, after all. She certainly gave a good interview after the game. And NZ will certainly have to produce better performances than these, to be in a position to lift the trophy. I think this gives more credence to the idea that the Aussies are most likely to have the bottle to stand up to the pressure that will come in the semis and final, and go all the way, irrespective of recent form.

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