In preparations for the upcoming T-20 World Cup, Cricket Australia is currently hosting the Commbank Women’s T20 Tri-Nations series between the top-ranked Southern Stars, second-ranked England and fourth-ranked India.

The series consists of a six-legged affair with each nation facing each other twice.  At the end of the six matches, the top two ranked will play in the series final. 

Despite the Southern Stars’ T20 dominance since the last world cup, a dominance that saw them win all but 3 of their last 26 matches, last weekend’s match-ups were a preview of how competitive the upcoming T20 world cup could be.

Last Weekend’s Action

The series started last Friday with England taking on India in Canberra, ACT. After England batted first, India entered their inning chasing 147.  Despite an England catch controversy, India were able to chase down the score with three balls to spare.  They won the match by five wickets.

Saturday’s clash featured Australia versus England.  The match turned into a nail bitter with Australia originally needing to chase England’s 4-156.  With 3 overs remaining the hosts were 40 runs short to get the win. 

The Southern Stars' Annabel Sutherland was able to get 22 runs off 11 balls, helping bring the score level with the English and sending both teams to a Super Over. 

Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Garnder then scored eight runs for Australia.  Perry then attempted to contain England.  However, English captain Heather Knight, who had hit a half-century earlier, followed this with nine runs off three balls to give England the win.

The final match of the weekend was Australia versus India.  Ellyse Perry was the star of that match.  With the ball, she was able to take 4 from 13.  At bat she came just short of a half-century, scoring 49 from 47 balls.

Australia's 6 for 104 beat India’s 9 for 103 by 4 wickets.

This Weekend’s Action

The series entered this weekend’s action with each team having one win apiece.  The Friday the 7th of February 2020 saw India face England.  The match kicked off at 2:10 PM at St. Kilda’s Junction Oval in Victoria.

England won the match by four wickets.  Entering their batting inning having to chase 123-6, the efforts of the English batters, notably Natalie Sciver who posted a half-century off 38 balls, saw them seal their second victory of the series with seven balls left.

Australia faces India tomorrow.  The match commences at 12:10 PM.  The Southern Stars then face England on Sunday with the match starting at 2:10 PM.  Both these matches also take place at Junction Oval in St. Kilda.

The final, between the top two teams after this weekend’s action, will also take place in St. Kilda on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 1:40 PM.

The series will be broadcast on both the Seven Network and Fox Cricket.  It will also be live-streamed on Kayo and the CA Live app. 

The Southern Stars will have two further warm-up games before the T20 Women’s World Cup which starts on February 23, 2020.  Australians are hosting the tournament.

Ticketing information can be found in the following link.