All eyes will be on New Zealand in March. The delayed Women’s World Cup takes place from March 4 to April 3 with England defending the title they won in 2017.
This tournament will be played using a format that sees each side having a maximum 50 overs to bat in. That does give players a chance to get themselves in and then build a good innings. It’s exciting but not quite as frantic as the T20 format.
It feels a long time since England beat India by nine runs at Lord’s to win the trophy for the fourth time in their history. That puts them second in the all-time list behind Australia who have won the Women’s World Cup on six occasions.
This is the 12th Women’s World Cup and aside from Australia and England, New Zealand are the only other country to win the cup. They did that on home soil in 2000, could they repeat that feat 22 years later? India and West Indies are the only other two countries to reach the final.
The last four tournaments have produced two wins apiece for England and Australia. Before this tournament takes place, those two countries will be battling it out for the Ashes. 2022 is truly going to be a momentous year for women’s cricket. The summer will also see cricket being played at the Commonwealth Games.
Will we see new champions crowned in New Zealand? History seems to indicate that we will with only Australia being able to retain the Women’s World Cup. That feat was last achieved back in 1988 as the Australians completed a hat-trick of wins.
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There are eight teams taking part in the 2022 Women’s World Cup. New Zealand qualified as hosts and will be joined by England, Australia, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the West Indies.
Australia start as the favourites
Australia currently sit top of the One Day International world rankings England are in second place with South Africa third and India fourth. Hosts New Zealand are fifth followed by West Indies, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka and Ireland are the two unlucky countries who will miss out on t this tournament.
This tournament reverts to the format used at the 2017 Women’s World Cup. The eight countries play in a single-league format. Each country plays the other sides once 31 matches will be played over 29 days with the opening fixture being New Zealand against West Indies on March 4. The big match between England and Australia takes place the following day.
The top four in the group qualify for the knock-out semi-finals. These take place on March 30 and 31. The final takes place at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on April 4 to conclude what should be a fascinating tournament.