ICC Women's World Cup 2017: England shouldn't bowl spin to Harmanpreet Kaur, advises Nasser Hussain

IANS, Jul, 22 2017

London: On the eve of Sunday's ICC Women's World Cup final at Lord's against India, former England men's team skipper Nasser Hussain advised the hosts not to employ spinners against all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, who smacked a 115-ball unbeaten 171 against Australia to help the women-in-blue reach the summit clash.

Kaur's sensational hitting in Thursday's second semi-final at Derby sent Australia packing with a 36-run loss and set the alarm bells ringing for the hosts, who are eyeing their fourth World Cup triumph.

England will look to keep India's Harmanpreet Kaur quiet in the final. AP

England will look to keep India's Harmanpreet Kaur quiet in the final. AP

The 49-year-old former England captain advised the team to control the power-hitting of Kaur by avoiding spinners against her, if they are to win the title.

"My only advice to captain (Heather) Knight would be not to bowl spin when Kaur comes in because she absolutely smacked it against the Aussies at Derby on Thursday. Keep her quiet and England should be in business," Hussain wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.

While Hussain predicted an English win on Sunday, citing more depth in the home side, he also cautioned them against any complacency, given that India are the only side to beat England in the group stages of the tournament.

"Sunday's final should be a cracking affair, with India being the only side to have beaten England in this tournament," he wrote.

"India have been the sleeping giant of the women's game but they have awoken now and that could be hugely significant for the sport, just as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's win in the 2007 World Twenty20 was arguably the making of the short game."

"I just fancy England at Lord's, even though India have had an exceptional tournament to get this far. Heather Knight's side have more depth and I think their advance to the final has been a genuine all-round team effort," he added.

Besides Kaur, Hussain also hailed India skipper Mithali Raj and opener Smriti Mandhana, who have been impressive in the tournament.

"Three Indian batters in particular have caught my eye: opener Smriti Mandhana, who made a silky 90 against England in the first game; Mithali Raj, who has always been a good player; and then Harmanpreet, who made an incredible 171 off 115 balls against Australia in the semi-final," he wrote.

This is India's second entry into the Women's World Cup, having lost to Australia in their first attempt in 2005 at Centurion.

Published Date: Jul 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115