There are seven members from the victorious 2013 Australian squad who will travel to England to defend their title. © Getty Images

There are seven members from the victorious 2013 Australian squad who will travel to England to defend their title. © Getty Images

The biggest Women’s World Cup, scheduled across four venues in England from June 24, is a month away now. The eight teams will face each other once over 28 league matches before the top four make it to the semifinals. The final will be played at Lord’s on July 23.

While Australia Women, England Women, New Zealand Women and West Indies Women earned automatic entry after filling up the top half of the Women’s Championship table, India Women, South Africa Women, Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women took the qualifier route to complete the lineup.

With all eight squads having been named, Wisden India looks at how they stack up.

Australia
The defending champions dominated the Women’s Championship with 18 wins in 21 games. Their three defeats came against England, New Zealand and India. Meg Lanning, the captain, topped the batting charts with 1232 runs at 72.47, while Ellyse Perry was second with 985 runs. Perry also took 23 wickets, but Jess Jonassen headed the championship’s bowling charts with 31 scalps.

After the Championship, Australia lost a Twenty20 International series against New Zealand at home, but then settled scores with a One-Day International series win in New Zealand. As many as seven members from the squad that won the 2013 World Cup in India are still in the mix.

Oldest player: Alex Blackwell (33 years, 266 days)
Youngest player: Belinda Vakarewa (19 years, 122 days)
Best World Cup finish: Champions in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005 and 2013
At Women’s World T20 2016: Runners-up
First match: Against West Indies in Taunton on June 26

Squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

At the start of a new era, it will be perfect for England to win the World Cup on their home turf. © Getty Images

At the start of a new era, it will be perfect for England to win the World Cup on their home turf. © Getty Images

England
Charlotte Edwards’s retirement last year heralded a new era for England. They finished the Championship strongly under Heather Knight, their new captain currently recovering from a foot injury, to finish second on the table with 14 wins. Knight felt that playing at home would be an advantage for her side, which includes Sarah Taylor, who took an indefinite break from the game in May last year to undergo Cognitive Behavioural Therapy because of anxiety issues. The problem is behind her, and she will form the core of England’s strong batting unit.

While Katherine Brunt will be playing her fourth World Cup, the squad consists of ten players who played in the previous edition.

Oldest player: Katherine Brunt (31 years, 326 days)
Youngest player: Alex Hartley (23 years, 240 days)
Best World Cup finish: Champions in 1973, 1993 and 2009
At Women’s World T20 2016: Semifinalists
First match: Against India in Derby on June 24

Squad: Heather Knight (capt), Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Sarah Taylor (wk), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole (vice-capt), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield.

The White Ferns will be hoping their consistency continues into the Women's World Cup. © ICC/ Getty Images

The White Ferns will be hoping their consistency continues into the Women’s World Cup. © ICC/ Getty Images

New Zealand
Amy Satterthwaite’s four consecutive centuries – between the Championship and the bilateral series against Australia – has been the icing on the cake for New Zealand in recent times, and helped them keep up their consistency over the last few years. They won 13 of their 21 games, including two in India on spin-friendly pitches, to finish third on the table. Suzie Bates, their captain, led from the front with 978 runs and 16 wickets. Sophie Devine, who too was crucial to the success, has returned after an injury layoff to strengthen the team.

Amelia Kerr, the legspinner, is the granddaughter of Bruce Murray, who played 13 Tests. Her parents also played representative cricket, and she is set to be New Zealand’s youngest World Cup cricketer.

Oldest player: Katie Perkins (32 years, 98 days)
Youngest player: Amelia Kerr (16 years, 215 days)
Best World Cup finish: Champions in 2000
At Women’s World T20 2016: Semifinalists
First match: Against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 24

Squad: Suzie Bates (capt), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest (wk), Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

Boosted by a successful 2016 where they won the World Twenty20 in India, West Indies look to be a formidable side. © Getty Images

Boosted by a successful 2016 where they won the World Twenty20 in India, West Indies look to be a formidable side. © Getty Images

West Indies
Even though India beat them 3-0 in Vijayawada last November, they qualified automatically for the World Cup after India forfeited their three games against Pakistan because of political reasons. Winning the World T20 in India last year was one of the highlights of West Indies cricket – and not just for the women – as were their four wins over New Zealand and England in the Championship. Stafanie Taylor was their main performer in the Championship. She was the team’s best batter with 857 runs, and also took 16 wickets. Anisa Mohammed was their best bowler with 27 wickets.

They have named four newcomers in the team, and brought back Shanel Daley. Qiana Joseph is the youngest player in the team for this edition of the World Cup.

Oldest player: Merissa Aguilleira (31 years, 146 days)
Youngest player: Qiana Joseph (16 years, 143 days)
Best World Cup finish: Runners-up in 2013
At Women’s World T20 2016: Champions
First match: Against Australia in Taunton on June 26

Squad: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.

Having won both the Qualifier and recent Quadrangular series, India will be hoping the experience of Mithali Raj, playing her fifth World Cup, pays off. © ICC

Having won both the Qualifier and recent Quadrangular series, India will be hoping the experience of Mithali Raj, playing her fifth World Cup, pays off. © ICC

India
After missing out on a direct berth in the World Cup by three points, India, without the injured Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami, rallied around Deepti Sharma to be the only team to remain unbeaten in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Colombo earlier this year. In the final against South Africa, Harmanpreet Kaur hit a six and a brace off the last two balls to give India a thrilling one-wicket win. They sacked Purnima Rau and replaced her with Tushar Arothe as coach after that, but that did not stop them from winning the Quadrangular Series in South Africa where Goswami became the highest wicket-taker in the history of Women’s ODIs. Mithali Raj, the captain, will be playing in her fifth World Cup.

Oldest player: Jhulan Goswami (34 years, 180 days)
Youngest player: Deepti Sharma (19 years, 273 days)
Best World Cup finish: Runners-up in 2005
At Women’s World T20 2016: Did not qualify for the knockouts
First match: Against England in Derby on June 24

Squad: Mithali Raj (capt), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma (wk), Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween.

South Africa will look to the experienced and talented Dane van Niekerk to surprise the favourites in England. ©ICC

South Africa will look to the experienced and talented Dane van Niekerk to surprise the favourites in England. ©ICC

South Africa
Dane van Niekerk has recovered from her injury to return as South Africa’s captain. They have with them Lizelle Lee, who has hit the most number of sixes (38) in Women’s ODIs since her debut in September 2013. They had finished sixth in the Championship with 17 points, but earned rave reviews for the manner in which they beat India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in subcontinental conditions. They did well in the Qualifier in Colombo before losing the final to India off the last ball. Sune Luus, the young legspinner, was the Player of the Tournament then. Recently, they beat India in the league stage of the quadrangular series at home, but lost to them in the final.

Oldest player: Trisha Chetty (28 years, 332 days)
Youngest player: Nandine de Klerk (17 years, 128 days)
Best World Cup finish: Semifinalists in 2000
At Women’s World T20 2016: Did not qualify for the knockouts
First match: Against Pakistan in Leicester on June 25

Squad: Dane van Niekerk (capt), Trisha Chetty (wk), Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt.

Inoka Ranaweera will have the guidance of Shashikala Siriwardene, their most experienced cricketer, as she leads Sri Lanka in the World Cup. © ICC

Inoka Ranaweera will have the guidance of Shashikala Siriwardene, their most experienced cricketer, as she leads Sri Lanka in the World Cup. © ICC

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka took the wooden spoon in the Championship, but improved their standing by beating Pakistan in the Qualifier at home. They had also made a good start against South Africa before collapsing. They played the Qualifier without Shashikala Siriwardene, their captain and most experienced cricketer. Siriwardene has been named in the World Cup squad, but Inoka Ranaweera, who bowled well during the Qualifier, will continue to lead the team at the World Cup. Nipuni Hansika will be one of the players to watch out for, while the responsibility will be on Chamari Athapaththu to give them good starts.

Oldest player: Chamari Polgampola (36 years, 65 days)
Youngest player: Harshitha Madhavi (18 years, 329 days)
Best World Cup finish: Super Sixes in 2013
At Women’s World T20 2016: Did not qualify for the knockouts
First match: Against New Zealand in Bristol on June 24

Squad: Inoka Ranaweera (capt), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampola, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakkody (wk), Sripali Weerakkody.

Pakistan named a new coach, Sabih Azhar, on the day they announced their World Cup squad and will be looking to captain Sana Mir for stability. © ICC

Pakistan named a new coach, Sabih Azhar, on the day they announced their World Cup squad and will be looking to captain Sana Mir for stability. © ICC

Pakistan
Pakistan replaced Kabir Ali with Sabih Azhar as coach the day they announced their squad for the World Cup. They had finished seventh in the Championship with eight points, and then finished fourth in the Qualifier, but they had individual highlights in Colombo earlier this year. Javeria Khan, who scored a century and two half-centuries, topped the batting charts with 299 runs in seven games, while Nashra Sandhu was the best bowler with 17 wickets. Their batting will revolve around Javeria, Asmavia Iqbal and Bismah Maroof, while Sana Mir will be expected to provide the all-round stability.

Oldest player: Nain Abidi (32 years, 1 day)
Youngest player: Nashra Sandhu (19 years, 186 days)
Best World Cup finish: Have not qualified for the knockouts so far
At Women’s World T20 2016: Did not qualify for the knockouts
First match: Against South Africa in Leicester on June 25

Squad: Sana Mir (capt), Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Marina Iqbal, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Kainat Imtiaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar, Nashra Sandhu, Ghulam Fatima, Sadia Yousuf.

  • Players’ ages updated on May 24, 2017