Full swing

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

In­ter­na­tional cricket in full swing with the Black Caps and White Ferns in ac­tion. The sixth ICC Women's World Twenty20 gets un­der way in the Caribbean and, for the first time, it’s a stand-alone tour­na­ment rather than be­ing played in the shadow of the men's tour­na­ment. The Ki­wis faced In­dia in the tour­na­ment opener ear­lier to­day and face a huge task on Wed­nes­day against three-time cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia. On Fri­day they meet Pak­istan and wrap pool play next Sun­day against Ire­land. New Zealand were run­ners-up in the first two tour­na­ments, los­ing to Eng­land by six wick­ets in the in­au­gu­ral 2008 com­pe­ti­tion in Eng­land be­fore go­ing down by an ag­o­nis­ing three runs to Aus­tralia in the West Indies in 2010. Nicola Browne was the most suc­cess­ful wicket-taker in that one and also the player of the tour­na­ment. Sara McGlashan scored the most runs. In In­dia two years ago Leigh Kasperek and So­phie Devine shared the top bowl­ing hon­ours. Both are back and join cap­tain Amy Sat­terth­waite, Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr as play­ers to watch. Only Eng­land (77.08 per cent) have a bet­ter win­ning record at this level than New Zealand (75 per cent). Mean­while, cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson and his men con­tinue their UAE so­journ with the last of three ODI's against Pak­istan early on Mon­day be­fore turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the three-test se­ries from Fri­day with a handy 6.50pm start time.

● Women's T20, NZ matches, v Aus­tralia, Wed­nes­day 12.30pm; v Pak­istan, Fri­day

8.30am; v Ire­land, Novem­ber 18 8.30am. Black Caps v Pak­istan, 3rd ODI, Mon­day

12.50am; 1st test, from Fri­day 6.50pm.

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