Women give cheer to Australia in annus horribilis

Women give cheer to Australia in annus horribilis

Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over England to clinch their fourth Women's World T20 title in style in Antigua.

She took 3-22 with her off-break bowling as England slumped to 105 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Ellyse Perry had Nat Sciver as her 100th wicket, Wareham took two in two balls, and Ashleigh Gardner finished with three wickets as England pushed their total to three figures before folding for 105 in 19.4 overs.

"The T20 World Cup is in Australia in 2020, which is going to be massive and I think we've shown that we can be the world's best team", Lanning said Sunday.

Lanning said the win was particularly sweet after defeat in the 2016 T20 final in Kolkata and last year's 50-over World Cup semi-final exit.

Wyatt contributed a breezy 43 off 37 balls to her team's effort but only England captain Heather Knight managed any other score of note in getting to 25 as wickets continued to tumble around her.

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       Meg Lanning says Australia learnt from their near misses in recent global events as they secured a fourth Women
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Tammy Beaumont's poor tournament with the bat ended with another low score as she skied Schutt to Elyse Villani at mid-off to fall for four and Amy Jones (4) was then brilliantly run out by Georgia Wareham from mid-on after the England wicketkeeper had called for a tight single.

"We had to change a few things, move things forward, play a little differently, and this is a really satisfying win".

Gardner was the more aggressive of the pair, hitting three sixes, as England struggled with the dewy conditions.

But Lanning and Gardner kept the scoreboard ticking over and the run-rate in check, both peppering the boundary. "We've really put together an incredible squad and support staff to be able to move the game forward and be part of the women's game, which is going to grow so much over the next couple of years".

'We came with a lot of inexperience.

On the game itself, which saw Australia chase down 106 with nearly five overs to spare, Knight added: 'We probably didn't quite adapt to conditions as well as we could have. Some of them have sat up brilliantly, ' said the captain. Kirstie Gordon has been a real find and Sophia Dunkley as well. "The support has been awesome, singing and dancing". Australia were a better team than us today, congratulations to them.

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