Breakers captain Alex Blackwell this week announced her retirement from state and international cricket, meaning today’s final is her last in the blue of NSW.
Australia has never sat atop the International Cricket Council’s T20 rankings.
Having started the series sitting seventh on the International Cricket Council’s T20 rankings, the Australians will finish it No.1 if they beat New Zealand in Wednesday’s decider.
Former Black Caps bowler Andrew Ellis went for one of the most painful sixes in cricket history for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic one-day cup on Wednesday — and we mean painful in the most literal sense.
It has been a seven-month recovery for Lanning who required surgery on her injured shoulder, forcing her to sit out the Women’s Ashes series last year as well as the WBBL tournament.
Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a deal until the end of the 2019 season that will see him feature only in 50-over and 20-over formats of the game.
Du Plessis missed the majority of the one-day international and Twenty20 series against India after picking up a fracture to his right index finger.
Australia have the chance to climb to No.1 in the T20 rankings on Wednesday when they return to the Auckland ground where they scored 245 in a record chase to beat the Black Caps last week.
In further bad news for South Africa, Temba Bavuma is also in serious doubt while Dale Steyn is expected to miss at least the first two Tests, according to reports.