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Anjum axed, Mithali named captain for England tour

Press Trust Of India |May 14, 2012, 5:51 PM IST
Anjum axed, Mithali named captain for England tour

New Delhi: The BCCI's senior women's selection committee reinstated Mithali Raj as the captain of the Indian women's team for the England tour on Monday, replacing veteran batsman Anjum Chopra, who has also been dropped from the 15-member squad.

The decision was on the cards as Chopra's appointment as captain of the national team after being out for two years didn't go down well with all and sundry. The 35-year-old Anjum's performance with the bat only increased the criticism directed at her as she managed only 79 runs in the six one-day matches against West Indies and Australia, along with a meagre 119 runs from 10 Twenty20 Internationals.

Mithali, on the other hand, has been one of India's most consistent performers and one expected her to get back to the hot seat after the selectors decided on removing Jhulan Goswami from captain's post earlier this year. Harman Preet Kaur will be Mithali's deputy during the 16-day trip where India will play two T20 Internationals along with five ODIs.

Squad: Mithali Raj (captain), Harman Preet Kaur (vice-captain), Sulakshana Naik, Suneeta Anand, Jhulan Goswami, Ameeta Sharma, Poonam Raut, Reema Malhotra, S Subalaxmi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Gauhar Sultana, Ekta Bisht, Archana Das, N Niranjana, Mona Meshram.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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