England Women vs Australia Women - 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

Lanning scored 88 not out early in her comeback when Australia inflicted England's previous worst T20I defeat - by 57 runs in the tri-series in India in March past year.

Australia came into the match having retained the Ashes with an 8-2 margin thanks to their victory in the One-Day International series earlier and the one-off Test match after that.

Lanning hit 17 fours and seven sixes in her innings to take Australia to 226/3 at Chelmsford.

110 - Runs Meg Lanning aggregated through boundaries in this game; the first Woman to score 100+ runs in a T20I innings via boundaries. The last two T20Is will be played on July 28 and July 31.

In response, England could only equal Lanning's score leaving them way adrift of Australia's 3-226, a total eclipsing their previous best of 209 against the same opposition in Mumbai in 2018.

In a major dent to England's campaign, Sarah Taylor has withdrawn from the Twenty20 global leg of the ongoing Women's Ashes series owing to mental health issues.

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Looking ahead to the T20s, Taylor, who has been replaced by Fran Wilson in the squad, added: "I wish the girls all the best".

Elysse Perry and Lanning ensured Australia posts a mammoth score on the board.

The Aussie skipper middled the ball from the off, brutally cutting it behind square when the English bowlers dropped short outside off stump, and smashing through the covers or over the top.

The keeper stressed on the fact that mental issues is not something that can be eaten easily, and at this juncture, she does not feel that she will be able to play the series. It's not just hitting to point where there are three or four fielders and that's what T20 does, it brings out aggression and wanting to hit the ball. Schutt dismissed opener Jones for a duck on the way to claiming 3 for 25 off her four overs.

Lauren Winfield and Katherine Brunt provided some resistance but while they were scoring 10 an over, the run rate had shot up to 26 with five overs to go.

  • Lawrence Cooper