A five-year journey ends in ultimate success

Australia saved the best for last.

For 1,718 days since their abrupt exit from the 2017 World Cup semi-final, Meg Lanning and her team had their sights set on one day. A part.

They were forced to wait another 13 months for that World Cup final after COVID-19 pushed back a tournament that should have ended in March 2021.

But when April 3, 2022 finally arrived, it was met with a display of pure batting dominance, which was reminiscent of Australia’s effort against India at the MCG in the T20 format on March 8, 2020.

When Australia sat down and reassessed its values ​​after the failure of 2017, it vowed not to be afraid. A more recent update now sees the words Intrepid, The team first and To evolve adorn Australian locker room walls wherever they travel, and Sunday’s display with the bat was the playbook execution.

Alyssa Healy’s World Cup record of 170 paved the way for Australia’s third-highest ODI total of 5-356; but for that effort to have come in a World Cup final, and against England, surely outclasses the top two outings against Denmark and Pakistan.

“We said how we wanted to play and how we wanted to function as a team, and what stands out to me and what I’m really proud of is that we really go out there and do it,” Lanning said after Australia sealed a 71-point victory.

“Motty (coach Matthew Mott) said in his message earlier today to the group to be brave and go out there and get the game (because) the game is not going to come to us , he owes us nothing, we have to go out there and play and win.

Aussies seal World Cup glory after Healy’s stunning 170

“In the 2020 World Cup we played our best game on the biggest stage and I think today we did something very similar, and it’s a really, really impressive thing to do. part of our team, not to be afraid or not to be afraid of the big stage and big moments, we want to be part of it and that’s what motivates us.”

For Healy, Sunday’s triumph was the icing on the cake for everything Australia has achieved since that fateful day at Derby in 2017.

They have since gone unbeaten in all 22 series across formats, including a world-record 26-game ODI winning streak. They have won two T20 World Cup titles and lost a handful of unique matches.

“I think it’s fair,” Healy said of lifting the trophy.

“I’m so proud of this group…we got together as a team and said, ‘This is how we want to play our cricket from now on and we’re going to be the best team in the world.’

“For the 15 people on our team and the girls outside of the team, being able to buy into this has been amazing, and I think it’s a culture created by (Meg Lanning), Rach (Haynes) and Motty (Matthew Mott).

“I’m just very proud that this group has done what we’ve done for the last five years, and I think the trophy in our hands is just the last little piece of the puzzle that needed to happen.”

Healy beats incredible 170 in World Cup final

Now comes England’s turn in the uncomfortable process of thinking and determining the next step for their team.

Their efforts to recover from a winless Ashes campaign and 0-3 start in the World Cup to win five games in a row and advance to the final were admirable, and they finished the tournament in a second-place finish. deserved.

But with the exception of Natalie Sciver’s unbeaten century, no England player was able to match their rivals for any significant period on Sunday, and while their 285 all outs would have been enough to win any World Cup final previous year, Australia once again made progress.

Knight said the immediate aftermath of the final was too soon for those talks, but England will have to find a way to close the gap with Australia, who have now won the last three World Cups in the two limited formats. , and held the Ashes. since 2015.

Australia’s transformed style of play and approach to their limited cricket is one factor in their recent success, but it wasn’t the only one.

Their investment in the national system, where semi-professional contracts were introduced for all state players from 2017, was also instrumental in developing depth (alongside seven WBBL seasons).

It meant that when Australia lost three key bowlers for this tournament – Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck and Sophie Molineux – they still had the talent to call on to go unbeaten, including Alana King, uncapped until January, who became a core member of the World Cup-winning squad.

England revamped their own domestic system in 2020 and completed 41 contracts across eight regional teams, which rose to 51 in 2021.

“I think the more we can have that domestic setup at home, the more it will help the team,” Knight said.

“There were the domestic contracts, The Hundred, et cetera.

“I think you’re starting to see younger players coming in – someone like Charlie Dean who was nowhere near the international scene before The Hundred and she’s honed in and done very well and is an exciting player for the future.

“I think that’s a real positive… it will hopefully create a generation of cricketers who are so used to playing on the big stage and under pressure.

“It might take a bit of time, Australia obviously started the domestic setup and investment in women’s football a bit earlier than us.

“But hopefully it will pay off in the next two years.”

Their next chance at a major tournament is in August at the Commonwealth Games.

After that will follow the next T20 World Cup in South Africa early next year, before they play Australia at home in Ashes 2023.

But Lanning issued an ominous warning to other nations on Sunday; Australia does not intend to let go any time soon.

“We’ll definitely sit down and celebrate this one because I think it’s all been leading up to this point for a long time,” said the Australian skipper.

“(But) there are some really cool tournaments coming up that we’re involved in; the Commonwealth Games are something new for us and that will give us a really good motivation to go there and play really well.

“We certainly won’t give up. We want to keep improving and we also have some very good young players in our squad, who will keep pushing us older players and make sure we improve as well.

“We’re really well placed to keep improving and that’s what’s great about this group, we’re hungry for success.”

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022

Australia team: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda – Jade Wellington. Traveling Reserves: Heather Graham, Georgia Redmayne

Australia 2022 World Cup schedule

March 5: Beat England by 12 points

8 March : Beat Pakistan by seven wickets

March 13: Beat New Zealand by 141 points

March 15: Beat West Indies by seven wickets

March 19: Beat India by six wickets

March 22: Beat South Africa by five wickets

March 25: Beat Bangladesh by five wickets


March 30: Australia beat West Indies by 157 points

March, 31st : England beat South Africa by 137 points


April 3: Australia beat England by 71 points

All matches will be shown in Australia on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports

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