AUSTRALIA are preparing to host the women's World Cup at six venues across New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from March 7-22, and it is clear the best players will be on show judging by provisional squads released so far.
The top three ODI batsmen in the new Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings – Claire Taylor (England), Lisa Sthalekar (Australia) and Mithali Raj (India) – have all been named along with leading bowlers Isa Guha (England), Shelley Nitschke (Australia) and Jhulan Goswami (India). The standard of women's cricket is rising each year and makes better television than ever.
Also featuring are Karen Rolton, Australia's captain, who won the ICC women’s cricketer of the year in 2006, Charlotte Edwards, the 2008 winner from England. Australia and New Zealand will make final touches to their preparations by playing in the Rose Bowl Series in New Zealand on Feb 1-12, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka will warm up for the most prestigious event in women’s cricket in the triangular series in Bangladesh from Feb 3-18.
ESPN Star Sports, the ICC’s broadcast partner, will cover all seven matches that will take place at North Sydney Oval, including the final. This will ensure that the event will be the most widely viewed to date, with the coverage to be aired in more than 100 countries.
The format of the event sees the teams divided into two groups. Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and South Africa are in Group A while India, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in Group B. The top three sides in each group go forward to the Super Six stage where each side then plays the teams which have qualified from the other group. The top two sides from the Super Six go forward to the Sydney final.
AUSTRALIA – Karen Rolton (capt) Sarah Andrews, Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Melissa Bulow, Kris Britt, Jessica Cameron, Renee Chappell, Leonie Coleman, Lauren Ebsary, Sarah Edwards, Rene Farrell, Jodie Fields, Corrinne Hall, Rachel Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jessica Jonassen, Delissa Kimmence, Shelley Nitschke, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Kirsten Pike, Leah Poulton, Emma Sampson, Clea Smith, Lisa Sthalekar, Selina Tainton, Jo-Ann Verrall, Elyse Villani, Julie Woerner.
ENGLAND – Charlotte Edwards (capt), Caroline Atkins, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Lydia Greenway, Lauren Griffiths, Isa Guha, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Beth Morgan, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Nicola Shaw, Anya Shrubsole, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor.
INDIA – Amita Sharma, Anagha Deshpande, Anjum Chopra, Asha Rawat, Devika Palshikar, Diana David, Gouhar Sultana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jaya Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Lalita Sharma, Latika Kumari, Mithali Raj, Murugesan Thirushkamini, Niranjana Sankaramani, Nooshin Al-Khadeer, Pallavi Bharadwaj, Priti Dimri, Priyanka Roy, Punam Raut, Ria Chaudhury, Rumeli Dhar, Reema Malhotra, Rajeshwari Goyal, Seema Pujare, Sindhu Basu, Snehal Pradhan, Sravanthi Krishnamurthy, Sulakshana Naik, Swarupa Kadam.
NEW ZEALAND – Haidee Tiffin (capt), Suzie Bates, Kate Broadmore, Nicola Browne, Sarah Burke, Abby Burrows, Emma Campbell, Rachel Candy, Amanda Cooper, Sophie Devine, Anna Dodd, Luch Doolan, Maria Fahey, Rosamond Kember, Victoria Lind, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin, Aimee Mason, Sara McGlashan, Beth McNeill, Louise Milliken, Prashilla Mistry, Rowan Milburn, Rachel Priest, Katherine Pulford, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite, Sarah Tsukigawa, Megan Wakefield, Anna Wilkins.
PAKISTAN – Almas Akram, Asmavia Iqbal, Armaan Khan, Bibi Nahida, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Mariam Hassan Shah, Marina Iqbal, Mehwish Tariq, Naila Nazir, Nazia Sadiq, Nida Rashid, Sabeen, Sajida Shah, Salma Faiz, Sana Gulzar, Sana Mir, Sana Zeeshan, Sania Iqbal, Sukhan Faiz, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Syeda Nain Abidi, Sadia Yousaf, Syeda Batool Fatima Naqvi, Sumaira Sajid, Qanita Jalil, Urooj Mumtaz, Wajiha Sundas, Zeba Hussain.
SOUTH AFRICA – Olivia Anderson, Susan Benade, Cri-Zelda Brits, Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Denisha Devnarain, Shandre Fritz, Alison Hodgkinson, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ashlyn Kilowan, Marcia Letsoalo, Sunette Loubser, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon Du Preez, Alicia Smith, Melissa Smook, Claire Terblanche, Daleen Terblanche, Kirstie Thomson, Charlize van der Westhuizen, Yolandi van der Westhuizen.
SRI LANKA – Sanduni Abeyawickrama, Suwini de Alwis, Chamari Atapaththu, Chamika Bandara, Dushyanthi Dedunu, Sandamali Dolawatta, Shereena Faizer, Hiruka Fernando, Rose Fernando, Sumudu Fernando, Sajeewani Galagedara, Chandima Gunerathna, Gayathri Kariyawasam, Nirosha Kumari, Eshani Lokusooriya, Ama Kanchana, Lasanthi Madushani, Dilani Manodara, Chamari Polgampola, Udeshika Prabodini, Deepika Rasangika, Dumila Ramma Waduge, Maduri Samudika, Chamani Seneviratne, Dedunu de Silva, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prabha Udawatta, Prasadini Weerakkodi, Sripali Weerakkodi, Chandi Wickremasinghe.
WEST INDIES – Merissa Aguilleira, Kirbyina Alexander, Melisia Billingy, Shemaine Campbelle, Phernel Charles, Maria David, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Pearl Etienne, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Geneille Greaves, Cordel Jack, Stacy-Ann King, Pamela Lavine, Debbie-Ann Lewis, Tracey Miller, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Juliana Nero, Gaitri Seetahal, Shakera Selman, Zaheeda Samdally, Nicole Samuel, Danielle Small, Charlene Taitt, Stefanie Taylor, Joann Vansertima, Vanessa Watts.