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ICC Women's World Cup live streaming - Top eight ODI nations battle for glory

Brendan O'Neill in Cricket 22 Jun 2017

The 11th ICC Women’s World Cup gets underway this weekend in England with eight nations set to battle it out to be crowned cricket world champions.

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The quadrennial 50-over tournament between the top eight ODI nations on the planet begins on Saturday when hosts England face India (1030 BST) in Derby and New Zealand meet Sri Lanka in Bristol.

All eight teams play each other once throughout the round robin stage, with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals. 

The top four teams from the ICC Women’s Championship – Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies – were the first to qualify for the tournament, while India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka booked their tickets at the Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka in February.

Australia, who kick off their campaign against West Indies on Monday (June 26), come into the competition as firm favourites thanks to their status as the No.1 ranked ODI team and defending champions. The Aussies have won a phenomenal six of the 10 tournaments held to date, with England (3) and New Zealand (1) the other winners.

Though captain and top ODI batter Meg Lanning, allrounder Ellyse Perry, Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney are a formidable force for Australia, they will be up against some fierce competition.

England have adopted a new attacking brand of cricket since their semi-final defeat in last year’s Women’s World T20 and will certainly be difficult to beat. 

New Zealand, meanwhile, boast strong squad with some of the biggest names in world cricket and will be confident of a deep run at the tournament. 

And West Indies will have no shortage of confidence after claiming the World T20 title last year, while India and South Africa have proven to be increasingly competitive against the top sides in recent years.

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