After a painful defeat in the 2017 WC semi-final against India, the Australian women gear up to write a new chapter coming into the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
The Australian women’s cricket team is considered one of the most dominant teams in women’s cricket. The 6-time world champions come into 2022 edition after an exceptional ashes series at home against defending champions England. The Aussie women won the T20s 1-0 as the 2nd and 3rd T20 was washed out due to rain. They settled for a draw after an intense final hour on the final day in the only ashes test match. They clean swept the English women in the ODIs as they won the series 3-0. Thus, the Australian women come into the World Cup full of confidence.
Heading into the 2022 World Cup, Australian Wicket Keeper Alyssa Healy said to Women’s Agenda, “The World Cup is a whole different beast. You’re playing new opposition every couple of days, you’ve got less time to reflect. It’s about being adaptable and making sure you’re turning up and performing every opportunity you get.”
As the Australian side arrived at Christchurch 3 weeks before the world cup, the Aussie women finished their one-week quarantine and had a seven-day ‘Rest and Recharge period’ to mentally get ready for a grueling World Cup.
Speaking about the rest and recharge period to Laura Jolly of Cricket Australia, Captain Meg Lanning said, “Everybody did it differently. I played some rounds of golf and saw some amazing scenery here in New Zealand.
In the long run, heading into the tournament where it’s really busy, having a few days to relax and take your mind off cricket will be important.”
The Australians have been excellent in the 50 over format post the 2017 WC as they’ve won 28 of their last 30 one-day internationals and are ranked No.1 in the official ICC ODI Rankings.
As the Australians gear up for the 2022 WC, the women try to get over the pain from the 2017 WC semi-final exit.
Speaking about the 2017 campaign, Meg Lanning said to Laura Jolly of Cricket Australia, “The impact of the 2017 World Cup has changed the way we play. This group that we’ve got is very different from 2017.”
The Australian women will play a couple of warm-up games against the West Indies and New Zealand. They start their campaign against reigning champions England on 5th of March at Hamilton starting their quest for their 7th World Cup.
Australia’s Squad for Women’s ODI World Cup 2022
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Traveling reserves: Heather Graham, Georgia Redmayne
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