Over the last few days all the contributors* to this WWC17 Blog have had their thinking caps on. We asked each of them to rate each team's chances of success here at WWC17 with a mark out of 10, with 10 meaning they were sure they would win, and 1 meaning they had no hope.
All the marks were then combined to give a WWC17 Blog Chances of Success rating. This is how the final table looks...
Over the next eight days we will have an in-depth look at each of the teams taking part in this tournament, starting with lowest ranked, Sri Lanka, tomorrow, and gradually working up the table.
Just three months
into his tenure as England’s new Head Coach Mark Robinson led England into a
World Cup. It was the T20 World Cup in India. England were under-prepared and Robinson
was just finding his feet. England made it to the semi-final, but imploded
against the old enemy, Australia, falling five runs short chasing just 132.
Post-match, with his captain, Charlotte Edwards, sitting next to him Robinson
blamed the squad’s fitness. Five weeks later Charlotte Edward’s glittering
England career had ended. Robinson had dispensed with his captain and, some
would say, his best batsman. It was time for England to start again… Fast
forward to Lord’s in May 2017 and Robinson finds himself just six weeks away
from another World Cup. This time the 50 Over World Cup on home soil, with the
tantalizing prospect of a final on the hallowed turf outside the window, in
front of 20,000 people. But can England win it?
“We’re in a really good place, but until you play against someone else in a
In the 36th over of India’s innings today, Alyssa Healy threw in the ball, hard. So hard that she broke the electrical circuit in the stumps. It wasn't the only thing broken today. By the end of the 42nd over - a foreshortened game, today, due to rain - India had finally broken the Australian bowling attack. What’s more, they broke it so hard that - unlike the stump, which could be replaced (almost) immediately - it crumbled into nothing and saw Australia flying home, having failed to make the final of a global tournament for the first time since 2009. I say India. Really, though, today belongs to one player: Harmanpreet Kaur. She had walked out to bat in the 10th over, with India 35-2 - Smriti Mandhana continuing her run of low scores (caught at cover for 6); swiftly followed by Punam Raut holing out to deep midwicket. There was initially little sign of the onslaught to come. The first five balls she faced went: dot, 1, dot, dot, 1. The fifth, though, was creamed through cover for fou…