England win the toss and opt to go bowling
Welcome! Well, after four weeks of fierce competition, we’ve reached the final and it’s Australia against England – the first time these two nations have met in a World Cup final since 1988, which is frankly Savage. It would have seemed an unlikely scenario earlier in the tournament. England started with three straight defeats and looked just as unhappy as they did in the Ashes. But somehow they rallied, Danni Wyatt started scoring, Katherine Brunt started looking scary again and Sophie Ecclestone showed why she’s such a world-class spinner. It started with a dominating victory over England, followed by a decisive win over New Zealand. They overtook Pakistan and Bangladesh and found themselves in the semi-finals against South Africa. It was in this game that they really showed their turnaround in form, putting 293 on the board, before tossing SA for 156 in 38 overs. It was an incredible race and they won’t want to waste this opportunity they gave themselves.
In contrast, Australia was hardly contested. There were a few instances where they lost early wickets and to the casual observer they may have looked like they were in trouble. But their batting lineup is so deep and they believe so much that there’s never a moment of panic. They were unconvincing against Bangladesh and India took them in the final of the match, but Beth Mooney’s unflappable nature continues to propel them to victories. It will take a particularly particular effort from England to beat them today, but anything can happen in a World Cup final. If England find a way to freak Australia out, eventually pushing them even slightly out of their comfort zone, they might have a chance.
It’s going to be a big day, so stick with us as we guide you through the action. We will let you know the result of the draw and how the teams will line up very soon!