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Sunday, 25 November 2018

How cricket crisis shaped World T20 triumph


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Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning says her side was conscious of the recent turmoil in Australian cricket during their triumphant World T20 campaign, hoping the public was “proud” of the way they played.

On the back of a tumultuous eight months for the men’s side, Lanning’s team shone brightly as they swept to their fourth title in the last five editions of the World T20.

As the men’s team prepares for its first home Test match since the ball-tampering debacle, it was the women’s side that showed the way, playing entertaining, positive cricket without a hint of the acrimony that has left some sections of the public disillusioned with the men’s game.

“It was something we spoke a bit about during the tournament, about making sure we continue to play the way we have been over the last while,” Lanning told Wide World of Sports.

“We were conscious of making sure we’re really enjoying it when we’re on the field, and also making Australians proud of the way we play.”

And there was plenty to be proud of. While the likes of Alyssa Healy and Lanning starred once again with the bat, it was the less-established players such as Georgia Wareham, Ash Gardner and Sophie Molineux who provided the extra edge that carried Australia to victory, announcing themselves as future stars of the national team.

Lanning credits the rise of the WBBL, about to enter its fourth season, with bridging the gap between domestic and international cricket.

The success of the local T20 competition means younger players are exposed to different experiences that used to come as a shock when they first represented Australia, meaning they’re better prepared for the spotlight that inevitably falls on them when playing for their country on the world stage.

“I think the WBBL and the Kia Super League in England played a massive role,” Lanning said.

“The younger players now are far more used to playing more cricket under pressure, which can only stand them in good stead going forward.

“Even something like playing on TV, you used to only get that when you played for Australia, now the younger players are exposed to it at domestic level which means when you make the Australian side it’s not foreign to you.

“It’s definitely a key factor in getting players up to speed quicker.”

Lanning confirmed the Aussies celebrated well into the night – “we had a good time!” - but attention quickly turns to the opening round of the WBBL this weekend, with the players due to arrive back home on Wednesday evening, just 60 hours before the tournament starts on Saturday morning.

This year’s tournament features a stand-alone final for the first time, rather than a merely serving as a curtain-raiser for the men’s final. It’s a prelude to a huge summer for the women’s game in 2019-20, that will see Australia defend its title, in the newly named T20 World Cup.

“It’s going to be an amazing tournament back in Australia in 2020,” Lanning said.

“To be part of a World Cup on home soil is something you dream of, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.

“Obviously we want to reflect a bit on what we’ve achieved here in the West Indies but definitely moving forward the opportunity to defend the title at home is a big deal for us.”

Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning says her side was conscious of the recent turmoil in Australian cricket during their triumphant World T20 campaign, hoping the public was “proud” of the way they played.

On the back of a tumultuous eight months for the men’s side, Lanning’s team shone brightly as they swept to their fourth title in the last five editions of the World T20.

As the men’s team prepares for its first home Test match since the ball-tampering debacle, it was the women’s side that showed the way, playing entertaining, positive cricket without a hint of the acrimony that has left some sections of the public disillusioned with the men’s game.

“It was something we spoke a bit about during the tournament, about making sure we continue to play the way we have been over the last while,” Lanning told Wide World of Sports.

“We were conscious of making sure we’re really enjoying it when we’re on the field, and also making Australians proud of the way we play.”

And there was plenty to be proud of. While the likes of Alyssa Healy and Lanning starred once again with the bat, it was the less-established players such as Georgia Wareham, Ash Gardner and Sophie Molineux who provided the extra edge that carried Australia to victory, announcing themselves as future stars of the national team.

Lanning credits the rise of the WBBL, about to enter its fourth season, with bridging the gap between domestic and international cricket.

The success of the local T20 competition means younger players are exposed to different experiences that used to come as a shock when they first represented Australia, meaning they’re better prepared for the spotlight that inevitably falls on them when playing for their country on the world stage.

“I think the WBBL and the Kia Super League in England played a massive role,” Lanning said.

“The younger players now are far more used to playing more cricket under pressure, which can only stand them in good stead going forward.

“Even something like playing on TV, you used to only get that when you played for Australia, now the younger players are exposed to it at domestic level which means when you make the Australian side it’s not foreign to you.

“It’s definitely a key factor in getting players up to speed quicker.”

Lanning confirmed the Aussies celebrated well into the night – “we had a good time!” - but attention quickly turns to the opening round of the WBBL this weekend, with the players due to arrive back home on Wednesday evening, just 60 hours before the tournament starts on Saturday morning.

This year’s tournament features a stand-alone final for the first time, rather than a merely serving as a curtain-raiser for the men’s final. It’s a prelude to a huge summer for the women’s game in 2019-20, that will see Australia defend its title, in the newly named T20 World Cup.

“It’s going to be an amazing tournament back in Australia in 2020,” Lanning said.

“To be part of a World Cup on home soil is something you dream of, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.

“Obviously we want to reflect a bit on what we’ve achieved here in the West Indies but definitely moving forward the opportunity to defend the title at home is a big deal for us.”

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