How are England shaping up with a 12 months till their one-day World Cup defence?

England opener Tammy Beaumont raises her bat so salute the crowd after passing 50 during the ODI series against New Zealand


Tammy Beaumont scored 71. 72* and 88* in three ODIs in New Zealand to move top of the world rankings

England could have been celebrating their first day as back-to-back world champions now if it were not for the coronavirus pandemic.

The women’s 50-over World Cup was due to conclude on Sunday before it was postponed by a year and will now take place from 4 March to 3 April 2022 in New Zealand.

Instead, England have just completed a successful limited-overs tour of New Zealand, winning both the one-day international and Twenty20 series.

So how are they shaping up with a year to go until their World Cup defence?

All-round strengths

England opener Tammy Beaumont became the world’s number one ODI batter after hitting 231 runs in three matches as the tourists won their first ODI series in a year 2-1.

The top order is particularly strong, with captain Heather Knight and Nat Sciver playing crucial knocks, while all-rounder Sciver also took five wickets, backing up opening bowler Katherine Brunt,…