Australia Women’s Formula for World Domination: 2022

Australia Women canter to another World Title.

Australia is a name that instills fear into any side in the cricketing world, and the Australia Women are doing well to live up to that reputation. Whether it’s the men or women, wins and trophy’s just keep coming. They are dominant but still silent as was the case in both teams T20 World Cup wins and now the Women’s ODI World Cup win.

While Australia are a dominant side, their wins don’t come without easy. In this World Cup, Australia had to battle a few injuries and couldn’t field the same eleven for more than two matches in row. They had players coming in late, Ellyse Perry injured, and the batting line-up had to be shuffled. Despite having hurdles of their own, Australia were clinical on the field as they went unbeaten through the tournament.

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The Finals are a perfect example of how clinical they were. The match drew parallels with the finals in Men’s World Cup Finals in 2003, as Alyssa Healy made a massive century to take the game away from England. They scored 356, and it was way to high for the second most successful Women’s team, England.

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The win helps Australia exert their presence in the Women’s Cricketing World. After strong runs in tournaments, Australia faded away slightly in 2017. They lost the 2016 T20 World Cup and were eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup, ending their run of invincibility. Both defeats turned out to be a kick in the back for Australia Women as they regained their invincible status with three wins in the next three multi-national events.

Alyssa Healy was absolutely clinical with the bat

They dominated in the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cup, and finally finished with a commanding victory in the 2022 World Cup. Presently, the nation holds the Men’s and Women’s T20 World Cup along with the Women’s ODI World Cup. What makes Australia Women so good though? They, along with England literally pass the trophy onto each other in cycles as the other teams come to the tournament as pedestrians.

Some of the reasons behind Australia Women and the England Women’s team could be due to the squad depth and opportunities. Despite injuries, Australia Women kept putting out a World Class eleven out in the field. Each player in the side comes with experience and knows how to handle pressure nicely. The Women’s BBL has allowed players to step into the big stage with ease. The amount Australia invests in the Australia Women’s team is also a strong factor.

Ellyse Perry was in and out due to back troubles.

They invest enough to allow the Women’s team to remain committed and gain opportunities as the quality is on par with the men’s side. The importance given to Women’s Cricket is immense and Tim Paine’s statement regarding a planned Afghanistan Test that shouldn’t be planned as the Afghanistan Women’s team arent getting to play is a prime example as to how the Women’s game is treated in Australia.

The base and platform is incredible and the each player is a talent in her own right. Finally, Australia Women came in with a strong captain this year. Meg Lanning was brilliant as she led from the front through the tournament. As a batter, she was brave, used her strength square of the wicket nicely and was willing to experiment with the batting order when players were unavailable.

She stood up with the bat, allowed everyone to play with clarity as they could go about their roles, and just kept plowing away silently. With her bat talking nicely, her captaincy looked more effective. As the team had runs on the board, they found it easier to rotate their bowlers, and the bowlers came into their own with the confidence of being in a side that has all its bases covered.

Ashleigh Gardner missed the first few games for Australia Women due to a bout of Covid.

Each player came into the tournament with a story of their own, and each lived up to their story and performed just as well as their teammates. It was a true team performance as the entire side fired collectively to make Australia look invincible again. Their status is easily comparable to the men’s team’s World Cup run from 1999 to 2007, which saw Australia go unbeaten. The players are also comparable with quality players constantly at coming at the opposition one after the other, making the team go on a relentless attack to push their opponents out of the ground.

With incredible young talent making way, a BBL that allows the young talent to hone their skills, experience and youngsters to compete with the older players, and an investment strategy greater than any other team, Australia are sending ominous signs to the other teams. With the Commonwealth games coming, stopping Australia Women seems tough unless other teams improve their investment strategies.