Australia is rolling the dice on Ellyse Perry for the Women’s Cricket World Cup final in the biggest selection gamble of the tournament.
Australia’s red-hot women’s cricket team finally gets its day of redemption in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup showdown with England.
Australia has made no secret of its desire to make up for their shock elimination at the 2017 World Cup and they finally have their chance to dethrone the defending champions.
England sent Australia in to bat after skipper Heather Knight won the toss on Sunday morning.
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Australia is the top-ranked ODI side in the world and head into Sunday’s final the resounding favourite.
The Aussies have won their last seven clashes against England, having not lost to the old foe since October 2017.
Australia rolls the dice on Ellyse Perry
Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been selected as a late inclusion for Australia — albeit as a specialist batter.
Perry has been missing from the unbeaten side after leaving the field with back spasms during Australia’s win against South Africa on March 22.
Captain Meg Lanning described Perry’s inclusion as a “big boost”.
“She’s a massive in for us,” she said after losing the coin toss
“She’s a world class player who plays well in big games. It certainly gives us a big boost.”
Lanning said on Saturday, Perry was a “pretty good” chance after impressing during a tough training session.
She goes into the final without testing how her back would hold up bowling and she has only been put through her paces in the nets.
Perry has put on 146 runs across her five innings so far this World Cup.
All-rounder Annabel Sutherland was the unlucky omission from the side.
What time is the World Cup final?
The Women’s World Cup final gets underway at 11am on Sunday morning (AEST).
How to watch the Women’s World Cup final
The only way to watch the final for free is to stream it via Kayo Freebies. It will also be broadcast on Fox Cricket (channel 501).
Originally published as Women’s Cricket World Cup final, Australia vs England live: Ellyse Perry locked in