Delissa part of team to face England in T20

WHETHER she is in the 11 or not, Warwick all rounder Delissa Kimmince will be part of the fun as the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars face England in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka at 6.30pm EST tonight. (Sunday).

Fans are encouraged to send messages of support to the team via Twitter @SouthernStars.

Kimmince has played in two of the five Southern Stars games at the cup after coming into the squad after her player of the final performance for Queensland Fire in a T20 final win in Perth.

The Australian selectors have made many changes to the top order during the cup and could use Kimmince for a quick start, a role she plays so well for the Queensland Fire.

Australia and England last faced off in this tournament in the final in Sri Lanka in 2012, a thrilling encounter that the Australian side won by four runs.

The ICC Women's World Twenty20 was first staged in England in 2009. The tournament was held simultaneously to the men's event, with the semi-finals and the final being staged as double-headers with the equivalent men's matches.

Australia has enjoyed great success in the tournament, with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars having laid claim to the last two titles in the event's short history.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars conceded only one match in their run to the final of this year's event, which came against New Zealand in their first group match in Sylhet.

Captain Meg Lanning is currently the second highest run-scorer in the tournament, having notched 213 runs in five matches at an average of 42.60. Her highest score came against Ireland when she reached 126 runs from 65 balls.

This knock earned Lanning all kinds of records: it is the highest ever total by a female in international T20 cricket, the highest total by a female in an ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament, the highest ever T20 score by an Australian female, it was Lanning's first T20 century and it pushed her beyond 1000 T20 career runs making her the first Australian woman to achieve this.

Lanning's powerful style also saw her lead the competition with the most sixes (six) and the most fours (29).

Lanning's strong showing in the group matches saw her retain her ranking as the number one T20 batter in the world heading into the finals stage of the tournament.

Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen and Sarah Coyte are the leading wicket-takers for the Australian side, having snared six wickets each from five matches. Perry holds the record for the fastest delivery after she was clocked at 119km/hr, while Coyte's economical bowling in the group stage of the tournament saw her jump nine places up the international T20 bowling rankings to 10th in the world.

The ICC Women's World Cup Final will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, with coverage starting at 6.30pm Sunday (AEST).



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