Australia have won their fourth World T20 after a resounding victory against England.
After a couple of years of relatively poor performances in major tournaments, Australia will bring home another piece of silverware from the West Indies to add to the collection.
English skipper Heather Knight will be ruing her decision to bat first, with her side getting skittled for just 105 before her bowlers ran into major issues gripping the slippery ball in the second innings.
Danni Wyatt turned around what had previously been a slow tournament for her, scoring a classy 43 off 37 at the top of the order, but unfortunately, it was a one woman show for the English, as her teammates collapsed around her.
Georgia Wareham was the star for the Aussies, both with the ball and in the field, and her direct hit to run out Amy Jones was a real turning point for Australia. With just one stump to aim at, young Wareham was clinical, and Jones was short of her ground.
Later in the innings, Wareham found herself on a hattrick after dismissing Lauren Winfield and Sophia Dunkley to rip the English middle order to shreds. As has been the case for so much of Australia’s recent T20 success, it was spin to win, and Wareham’s partner in crime Ash Gardner was also crucial with the ball.
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Her dismissal of Wyatt was crucial, and she also took the wicket of Knight – the only other batter to reach double digits. Fittingly, Wareham took the catch.
With the bat, Alyssa Healy once again got Australia off to a solid start, but only made it to 22 this time – her lowest score of the tournament. Still, she received Player of the Tournament honours, a fitting reward for Australia’s most influential player.
Ash Gardner continued her massive impact on the final and hit three sixes in two overs to break the back of Australia’s run chase. She was awarded player of the final honours.
Overall, Australia’s strategy has worked perfectly, and keeping the same essentially since the New Zealand series has been a masterstroke.
Picking Wareham over the more aggressive but more erratic Amanda-Jade Wellington was a massive risk, but it has reaped massive rewards on the biggest stage. Additionally, young Sophie Molineux had a fantastic tournament and has repaid the faith showed in her when the selectors backed her in even when Jess Jonassen was healthy.
Australia’s spin bowling trio of Gardner, Molineux and Wareham will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Combine that with the best batting line-up in the world, and the team looks in great shape.
For now, the players will celebrate the victory before the WBBL kicks off with the massive four game weekend on December 1st and 2nd.