ICC Women's World T20 Corner: South Africa, Australia fine-tuning teams

By Alex Jordan November 07, 2018

With the Women's World T20 just a few days away the big teams are making last-minute alterations.

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    England will have to do without George Kruis for their upcoming fixtures against Japan and Australia due to a calf injury.

    The Saracens second-rower picked up the problem during Saturday's 16-15 defeat to New Zealand at Twickenham and was replaced by Charlie Ewels in the second half.

    Kruis was not included in a 30-man squad named by Eddie Jones on Tuesday for England's remaining two November internationals, starting with the visit of Japan this weekend.

    Lock Elliott Stooke is selected, along with fellow uncapped trio Ted Hill, who is named as an apprentice player, Nick Schonert and Joe Cokanasiga.

    There is no recall for Mike Brown, however, plus there are fitness doubts over Dylan Hartley and Manu Tuilagi, who are dealing with respective thumb and groin injuries.

    "Manu came in and did some training on Monday but again we'll be overcautious with him," Jones - who previously coached Japan - told Sky Sports.

    "He's about 99 per cent but there's that last one per cent of top speed that he hasn't got yet. We'll just keep monitoring him.

    "Dylan is okay. His thumb was sore, he couldn't grip the scrum properly in the first half, which is why we replaced him at half-time."

    After facing Japan for the first time since 1987, England entertain the Wallabies on November 24.


    England squad for Tests against Japan and Australia:

    Forwards: Charlie Ewels (Bath), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Elliott Stooke (Bath), Sam Underhill (Bath), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).

    Backs: Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

  • 'One-dimensional' Australia batsmen need work before World Cup - Finch 'One-dimensional' Australia batsmen need work before World Cup - Finch

    Aaron Finch fears Australia still have a lot of work to do on their "one-dimensional" batting line-up ahead of next year's Cricket World Cup.

    Australia ended a seven-match losing run in ODIs against South Africa last week, but they were then beaten in the decider to hand the Proteas a 2-1 series win.

    With little time left before the World Cup begins in May, Finch believes he and head coach Justin Langer must make vast changes to the side.

    The Australia captain claims their attacking team is not suited to their current tactics and so either the personnel or the set-up must be altered in the coming months.

    "If you look at our line-up on paper at the moment, you'd say it's an attacking side," Finch said. "A fairly one-dimensional side in terms of attack, versus workers of the ball and your traditional batsmen.

    "Not to disrespect any of the players by any stretch, but it's probably that way and we haven't got it right for a while.

    "And that does expose you in the middle order at times when you come upon some different wickets or a really good attack who get on top of you early.

    "We've got a bit over two months until the next one-day games against India, so that'll be a really good opportunity to sit down and reassess and start mapping out that process of how I and JL and the leaders think we can be the most successful in this format.

    "The side we've got at the moment is that way inclined, [but] it's not necessarily the way we've been trying to play.

    "So it's going to be a combination of both: we have to either adapt our game plan a little bit around the way the side is structured best, or we slightly change our personnel to fit a style we think can win.

    "That's something that will come out over the next couple of months when we sit down and dig into it and find a way to get back on top of the world."

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