Australian women's cricketers BIOGRAPHY & MORE

The Australian Women’s Cricket Team will wear a uniform designed by Aboriginal artists when they take on England

Australian women's cricketers BIOGRAPHY & MORE

Australia's women's cricket team's winning run is a testament to the side's belief and fitness, and no wonder there is a sense of invincibility whenever they step out to the field. Meg Lanning's side scripted yet another chapter in their glorious history as they defeated England in the summit clash of the ICC Women's World Cup on Sunday. In the final, Alyssa Healy was at her best as she scored 170 runs to help Australia post 356/5 in 50 overs. Alana King and Jess Jonassen spun a web to take six wickets between them to help Australia win a record-extending seventh Women's World Cup title.

Before the final of the ICC Women's World Cup, former England captain Nasser Hussain had said on the broadcast that if Australia go on to win the contest, they would be the greatest women's cricket side for him.

"If Australia does win this game, for me they will probably be the greatest Women's cricket side of all time," Hussain had stated. However, the question needs to be asked whether Australia Women are the greatest cricket team (men's or women's) ever to play the sport. Over the past four years, Australia has won 38 matches out of 39 and their only defeat in ODIs came against India last year.

Since being ousted from the 2017 Women's World Cup in the semi-final by India, Meg Lanning's Australia has been on a rampaging run and has demolished all that have come in front of them. Since 2017, Australia have never a lost an ODI series and they also broke the record of Ricky Ponting and his men's team for registering most ODI wins on a trot. Australian women created the record for winning most ODIs (26) at a stretch and this streak was ended by India in 2021. However, since seeing losing their streak, Australia has again won 12 ODIs on a trot, and the side did not drop even a single game in the ICC Women's World Cup 2022.

They have won seven out of the 12 World Cups that have taken place in women's cricket. Since 2017, Australia has won two T20 World Cup titles (2018 and 2020), and now they have a 50-over World Cup title as well. In the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand, Australia did not lose a single game and won nine consecutive matches to secure the title.

Australia has retained top positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's Team Rankings for both ODIs and T20Is while India has overtaken New Zealand to grab the third position in the T20I table after the annual rankings update carried out on Friday.

In other noteworthy changes in the latest update, which expunges results from the 2016-17 season, weights the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons at 50% and the 2019-20 matches at 100%, South Africa has overtaken New Zealand to fourth place and Bangladesh has leapfrogged Sri Lanka to eighth in the ODI table.

Six-time ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup champions and winners of both editions of the ICC Women’s Championship, Australia’s stellar display during the rating period saw them win 20 of 21 ODIs, increasing their tally by eight points to 160.

Their massive lead of 39 points over second-placed India is the largest by any team (men or women) in any form of the game. It comes on the back of 3-0 series wins over India, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, West Indies, and Sri Lanka and an earlier 2-1 win over England at the start of the ICC Women’s Championship, only a few months after England had won the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017.

India (121) and England (119) have lost four points each while clinging on to their second and third positions, respectively, while South Africa (107) enjoy a 13-point lead over New Zealand (94), with the West Indies (85), Pakistan (77), Bangladesh (61) and Sri Lanka (47) following in that order.

India’s gain only changes in the top 15 of the T20Is list: The women’s T20I rankings table sees Australia and England retain the top two positions, their points tally remaining 291 and 280, respectively. India, who made the final of this year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, has overtaken New Zealand, in what is the only change in the top 15 of the 56-team list.

The biggest improvement in rankings has been registered by Brazil, who are up 11 places to 27th, after a gain of 15 rating points, while the biggest ranking fall has been for Malaysia, who are down from 31st to 38th. Samoa (up to two places to 16th), Indonesia (up to two places to 20th), and the United States of America (up to four places to 31st) are among other teams to have made notable progress. Three teams have lost their place on the rankings table. Denmark and Belgium have not played any matches since October 2017 while Qatar has played fewer than the required six during the period.

The Australia women's team displayed an all-around performance to beat India women's team by six wickets in the first match of the women's Twenty20 International (T20I) tri-series in Mumbai on Thursday. Put into bat, India scored 152/5 in their 20 overs. India opener Smriti Mandhana, who scored 67 runs off 41 balls, was the highest scorer for India. Smriti and Mithali Raj strung together a 72-run partnership that gave the hosts a strong platform to put a competitive total on board. But the middle-order batswomen could not rise to the occasion and failed to contribute with the bat. Anuja Patil scored 35 runs off 21 deliveries lower down the order to help add some quick runs to the Indian innings.

Australia produced yet another dominant performance on the day of the final to beat England by 71 runs, winning a record-extending seventh Women's World Cup title in Christchurch. In a perfect campaign, Australia didn't concede a single defeat as they finished at the top of the group stage, registered a one-sided victory in the semi-final against the West Indies, and enjoyed a magnificent outing in the final of the tournament as they cruised past the English side.

Australia had already held the record for most WC title wins before the current edition, adding a seventh trophy to their cabinet on Sunday. Meg Lanning's side also erased its 2017 World Cup disappointment when Australia was stunned in the semi-finals by India in England. The peerless Australians have now won three of the last five 50-over World Cups and own both the major global trophies, having claimed the T20 World Cup on home soil in 2020.

Alyssa Healy smashed a whirlwind 170 to power Australia to a mammoth total of 356/5 in 50 overs. It was a dominating performance from the Aussies after being invited to bat -- besides Healy's special performance, Rachael Haynes (68) and Beth Mooney (62) also struck fine half-centuries to power the Aussie innings.

Healy's knock came off 138 balls and was studded with as many as 26 boundaries. Two years ago, she had hammered a 39-ball 75 to guide Australia to a big win in the T20 World Cup final against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as well. Anya Shrubsole picked up three wickets for England, conceding 46 runs.

Chasing the mammoth target, Natalie Sciver remained unbeaten on 148 off 121 balls in a lonely effort but failed to defend their title as Australia bundled out England for 285 runs in 43.4 overs. Jess Jonassen (3/58) and Alana King (3/64) shared six wickets between them for Australia.

The sport’s governing body further went on to claim that the ICC’s digital channels were in overdrive during the 21 February to 8 March event in Australia, making the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 the second most successful ICC event after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup last year in England.

The T20 World Cup final between India and Australia Women also achieved the record viewership in both countries with the 1.78 billion fans watching the live match action on TV – that figures were 59 times more than the final of the previous edition in 2018 between Australia and England.

Meanwhile, the live average audience for the final in India was 9.02 million – 154 percent higher than the second most-viewed match in the competition – the tournament opener between Australia and India on February 21, while the digital streaming figures were also impressive in India, peaking at 3.1 million for concurrent users of Hotstar during the final at the MCG.

While in Australia, the average audience for the final was 1.2 million in Australia, the overall viewing minutes across the whole event in India was 5.4 billion.ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “These quite outstanding broadcast and digital numbers demonstrate the power of women’s cricket to aggregate a huge global audience and engage fans.”

Sawhney continued, “This undoubtedly consolidates our position as one of the leading women’s sports in the world and we want to build on the momentum from this event and create a long-term sustainable foundation for the game. It reinforces our belief that there is a significant opportunity around the women’s game and collectively we must promote it further so more fans can watch it, more kids are inspired by it, and sponsors and broadcasters want to be a part of it.”

He signed off by saying, “We’ve built on the record-breaking success of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and continued our focus on deepening engagement with existing fans and bringing new fans to the game with relevant, engaging content that goes beyond match highlights. Cricket fans want competitive cricket with context and the world’s best players did not disappoint in Australia earlier this year.”

However, allrounder Sophie Molineux has missed out on a spot in the touring party as she recovers from the shoulder surgery that prematurely ended her domestic summer, instead included in Australia A squad that will tour the UK at the same time as the senior side.

Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

Selectors have named one squad to cover all three formats in the UK – the Ashes rivals will meet in three ODIs, one Test, and three T20Is from July 2 – including five potential Test debutants, alongside the 13-strong ‘A’ group.

The concurrent nature of the tours is an added bonus for Australia, who could call upon ‘A’ players at any point during the tour if form or fitness required.

Bolton missed the one-dayers against the White Ferns due to personal reasons, taking a short break from cricket, but returned to the fold for the Australian group’s recent camp at Brisbane’s Bupa National Cricket Centre. Vlaeminck has recovered from the partial ACL tear that saw her sidelined from the Rebel WBBL in January and after impressing her coaches and teammates alike with her sheer pace in Brisbane, will feature in her first Ashes series.

The 2022 edition of the Women’s World Cup is scheduled to begin on 4th March 2022. Being held in New Zealand for the third time, the marquee event in the women’s calendar will consist of 31 matches culminating in the finals on April 3rd at Christchurch. 

There are a total of 8 teams participating in the tournament. Australia, England, South Africa, and India obtained direct entry to the tournament along with the host New Zealand. With the Qualifier for the tournament canceled mid-way last year, the final 3 spots were determined through the ODI rankings at the end of the league, which meant that Bangladesh, Pakistan, and West Indies made the cut.

Much like their counterparts in men’s cricket in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Australian team thrives on big-match situations and tournaments. They have been consistent performers, winning the World Cup 6 times in 11 appearances. They have featured in the finals of the tournament on 8 occasions. The following table highlights their achievements.

They have been equally strong in the World T20s winning 5 out of 7 editions, including their recent triumph at home. This record is enough to boost their morale and make them a confident side going into this tournament. They are already being touted as the pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy, yet again.

The Australian squad has got a very strong core with a lot of experience in varied match situations. The captain, Meg Lanning, has been leading the team through all these years winning everywhere across the world. With 4000 runs to her name at an average of over 50, she is Australia’s mainstay in the batting department. Alyssa Healy is the fearsome opener who will be tasked to get the fast starts that her team needs whereas Ashleigh Gardner and Jess Jonassen lend the fireworks at the end. The bowling is equally experienced with Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry shouldering the responsibility.

The Australian attack has capable all-rounders who can contribute heavily with bat or ball. In addition to the 3000+ runs made by Ellyse Perry, she has claimed 156 wickets including the best figures of 7/22. Jess Jonassen has also scored 500+ runs but also has 118 wickets to her name. Ashleigh Gardner has played 42 games and already has 500+ runs and is closing in on 50 wickets, she has already claimed 43 of them. Tahlia McGrath has shown what she is capable of in her strong performances against India and England.

If their batting unit is strong, the Australian bowling attack is weak in comparison. Australia will be missing the services of the highly talented Tayla Vlaeminck, who can trouble batters with her express pace. They will also be disappointed with the loss of Sophie Molineux, the frontline leg-spinner who was ruled out due to a foot injury. Megan Schutt will be the backbone of the bowling attack supported by Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, and Ashleigh Gardner. Although all are experienced, none of them are specialist bowlers, and Perry, the most successful of the three not being able to bowl long spells. The others, Darcie Brown, Amanda-Jade Wellington, and Alana King are inexperienced and have played only 19 matches between them.  

Australia has talented players who are quite new to their one-day setup. Not having played a lot of cricket, they will be eager to make their mark. We have already seen the quality that young girls like Tahlia McGrath and Darcie Brown possess. They are sure to use this opportunity to make a big splash in international cricket which will also be a challenge to many teams, who will most likely face them for the very first time and will not know what to expect from them.

Ellyse Perry has been a special player for Australian women’s cricket. It is no doubt that she is a certainty in the playing XI and will look to contribute to their fortunes in the tournament. However, she has not been the same since the injury she suffered at the Women’s World T20 at home in 2020. She has not played any innings of note with only a half-century and a three-for in her 9 matches since her comeback. The fact that she is not able to bowl her quota of her overs remains a concern for the team.

Of late, the great Australian team has not had strong batting performances the way they had dominated in the past. They are prone to losing quick wickets and putting pressure on themselves too often, often depending on their middle-order to bail them out as was evident in the group stages of the World T20 and more recently at home, where India was able to snap their unbeaten streak. 

To conclude, Australia is undoubtedly the favorite to lift the trophy, backed by the strong showing in this format and the record of the key players. However, there are chinks in their armor. If their opponents are able to capitalize on that, we could have some interesting matches lined up.

Australia bossed their way to a record-extending seventh Women's World Cup title with a crushing 71-run win over traditional rivals England, stamping their undisputed dominance in the tournament after a breathtaking hundred from Alyssa Healy in the final on Sunday. Playing the innings of her life, Healy put England's attack to the sword with a sensational 170 off 138 balls that powered Australia to a massive 356 for five. Defending champions England needed something more than special to pull off the record chase but kept losing wickets throughout the innings which ended at 285 in 43.4 overs.

Natalie Sciver, who scored an unbeaten 148 off 121 balls for her second successive hundred against Australia in the competition, eventually ran out of partners. Australian pacer Megan Schutt (2/42) bowled a brilliant new-ball spell removing last match centurion Danielle Wyat (4) and Tammy Beaumont (27) with her lethal in-swingers before leg-spinner Alana King (3/64) turned the ball on abating beauty to end with three crucial wickets including that of England skipper Heather Knight (26). Healy, who was dropped on 41, toyed with the English attack in her mesmerizing knock, which is now the highest-ever individual score in a World Cup final across men's and women's cricket.

Adam Gilchrist (149, 2007), Sciver (148 in this game), Ricky Ponting (140, 2003) and Viv Richards (138, 1979) are behind Healy in the elite list. Healey's opening partner Rachael Haynes (68 off 93) and Beth Mooney (62 off 47) also batted with confidence as Australia put on board the highest team total in a World Cup final in women's cricket and second-highest behind the Australian men's team's effort of 359 for two against India in 2003. To put Australia's achievement in perspective, it was their sixth win in seven World Cup finals, making Meg Lanning's unit one of the greatest teams of all time.

Australia had won their first trophy on points back in 1973. Though England ended up runners-up, it was still a remarkable campaign for the defending champions that came into the final after five wins in a row following defeats in its first three games. They always had run-rate under control in the massive chase but the lack of partnerships cost them the game. Sciver, who smashed 15 fours and a six in her epic knock, fought till the end alongside number 10 batter Charlotte Dean (21 off 24) but they were left to do too much in the end.

The duo shared a 65 run-stand for the ninth wicket to take the game deep. Earlier, Healy forged a 160-run stand with Haynes before sharing 156-runs with left-handed Mooney who was sent in ahead of skipper Meg Lanning to maintain the left and right combination. A packed and a neutral crowd at Hagley Oval was in for a treat with Healy showing devastating form en route to her second consecutive hundred in the knock-out stage, having scored 129 against West Indies in the semifinal.

The Women’s World Cup 2022 is underway and some enthralling action is on the cards. Match three of the competition will see Australia taking on their arch-rivals England at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. The Ashes rivals and also two of the most successful teams in the tournament’s history are amongst the favorites to lift the title this year. While the Aussies have won the title a record five times, England is just behind them with four tournament victories to their name.

With regards to all their previous One Day International meetings, the two sides have locked horns 81 times so far, with their first meeting coming in 1973. In terms of their head-to-head record, the Australians are way ahead having won 55 games. On the other hand, England emerged winners in a significantly less number of games with 22 wins in their kitty. While three of their matches got washed out due to rain, one encounter ended in a draw. Coming to their past clashes in the Women’s World Cup, the head-to-head record sits 11-4 in Australia’s favor.

Amongst the two teams, England’s Charlotte Edwards leads as the top-scoring batter. In 44 ODIs against Australia, Edwards has racked up 1092 runs. She is followed by Australia’s Belinda Clark with 1054 runs in 27 matches. England’s, Sarah Taylor takes the third position with 986 runs in 30 games between the two countries. Cathryn Fitzpatrick from Australia tops the bowling charts with 44 wickets in 25 matches. Two other Aussie players in Ellyse Perry and Lisa Sthalekar come second and third on the list, with 39 wickets in 31 games and 34 wickets in 28 games respectively.

The two teams played each other in the 2017 edition of the World Cup in England, with the home team coming out triumphant. England posted 259-8 on the board in their 50 overs, having won the toss and electing to bat. Australia’s attempt at the chase ended up being a thriller with the match going right down to the wire. They were guided by all-rounder, Ellyse Perry, who knock out 70 in 86 balls. However, the team continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Needing 13 to win off the last over, Australia fell short of the target by a meager margin of three runs. England’s Katherine Brunt was declared the player of the match for her all-around performance having scored 45 off 43 balls and picking up 2-42 with the ball.

The first winner at a limited-overs World Cup was, in fact, not West Indies, but the England women’s team, at the first Women’s World Cup in 1973, two years before the first men’s event.

Seven teams – England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, an International XI, and Young England – participated in the event. It was held in a round-robin format, with each team playing the others once, and the top team on points lifting the title. “The tournament created huge public awareness of the very existence of women's cricket,” Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, the England captain, said years later.

England’s Enid Bakewell and Lynne Thomas hit the first centuries of the tournament in its opening match against International XI. Its total of 258 for 1 in that game was the highest until its last game, against Australia, when another century by Bakewell and a fifty by Heyhoe-Flint took England to 279 for 3 in 60 overs and a 92-run win. England won five of its games, losing only to New Zealand in a rain-affected match. It was closely followed by Australia, with four wins and one no result.

India made its debut in the tournament at the event hosted in the country. Only four teams participated: Australia, England, and New Zealand joining the home side. Each team played the others once, with the winner being decided on points. The games were played before large, enthusiastic crowds.

Australia was undefeated in the tournament, winning against New Zealand by 66 runs, India by 71, and getting its revenge over England from the 1973 edition with an eight-wicket win in Hyderabad. Put in, the defending champion was reduced to 28 for 6 by the pace of Sharon Ann Tredrea, who finished with 4 for 25, before finally putting up 96 for 8. Glynis Hullah then struck twice as Australia fell to 6 for 2, but a patient effort from Sharon’s sister Janet (37 not out) and Margaret Jennings, the captain (57), completed an eight-wicket win.

It was therefore fitting that the most consistent team won the title. In its 12 matches, Australia won a stunning 11. The one it didn’t win was a tie, against England in Christchurch. England, having posted 167 for 8, managed to bowl Australia out with the scores level. Remarkably, it was the second tied contest in the tournament – the clash between England and New Zealand, the second of the edition, had also ended with spoils shared.

The final was again a closely-contested affair. Opting to bat, England posted 151 for 5, largely thanks to Jay Allen’s 53. In response, Australia put in fine team performance. Jen Jacobs’s 37 was the highest in the innings, and she was closely followed by Karen Read (32), Sharon Ann Tredrea (25), and Marie Cornish (24). Their combined effort ensured Australia sailed home with three wickets and an over to spare.

It was once again a five-team tournament, but instead of an International Women’s XI, there were two associate nations making their debuts – Ireland and the Netherlands, while India was missing. The number of matches played also drastically reduced, with each team playing eight games.

The main scrap was once again between Australia and England. Australia won seven and lost one – against England – to finish at the top of the table. England came second, its two losses coming against New Zealand and in its other clash against Australia.

As for the newbies, the Netherlands struggled and lost all eight of its matches. Ireland fared a bit better, winning both its clashes against the Netherlands to avoid the wooden spoon.

The fifth edition was played in England. The tournament was very close to being canceled until a £90,000 donation from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts allowed it to go on. A total of eight teams were featured in the competition, with Denmark and West Indies making their debuts. India, too, made a comeback to the championship.

After the round-robin stage of seven matches for each team, New Zealand and England made the final, the three-time champion Australians losing out. The group stage was dominated by New Zealand, which remained unbeaten, while England’s only loss came against New Zealand, by 25 runs.

In the final, England rode on the 85-runs partnership for the second wicket between Janette Brittin (48) and Carole Hodges (45) to get a good start. In the process, Brittin became the first woman to score 1000 World Cup runs. After them, Jo Chamberlain bludgeoned 38 runs from 33 deliveries to take England to 195 for 5. New Zealand’s reply never took off and it was shot out for 128, giving England a 67-run win.

This edition featured a record of 11 teams and was played over 50 overs for the first time. With high scores, the lowest total, and big crowds, this edition of the tournament offered everything a cricket fan could dream of.

Australian Belinda Clark's 229 not out against Denmark and England’s Charlotte Edwards's 173 not out against Ireland still remain the top two individual scores in women’s cricket history. But, while the tournament recorded four 300-plus totals, Pakistan was dismissed for 27 in a mere 82 balls, still, the shortest completed innings in the women’s game.

After some tough competition in the group stages, England, Australia, New Zealand, and India made it through to the semi-final. While Australia defeated India by 19 runs in the first, New Zealand took out England by 20 runs in the second game.

New Zealand could only put up 164 in the final, courtesy of Debbie Hockley's brilliant 79. Australia got off to a solid start, as Clark (52) led the side from the front and it went past the target in 47.4 overs with five wickets remaining, giving Australians its fourth championship title in front of 80,000 spectators at Eden Gardens.

The tournament, which featured eight teams, was spread over 31 games in Lincolnshire and Christchurch. Apart from Australia and New Zealand, India, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Ireland, and the Netherlands took part. All the teams played each other once in a round-robin format, and India and South Africa made it into the final four apart from New Zealand and Australia.

Australia, which went unbeaten into the semi-final, brushed South Africa aside with a nine-wicket win. New Zealand, which had lost to Australia in the group stage, also won easily, beating India by nine wickets.

In sharp contrast to the semi-finals, which were lopsided affairs, the final was a nail-biting affair. Australia, the favorite, was set 185 for victory, and it took a collective effort by the home side bowlers to stop it four runs short with Belinda Clark's 91 going in vain.

Australia was the most dominant team through the course of the competition, winning five of its seven round-robin games by big margins, the other two being washed out. India also had two of its games washed out, while it also lost to New Zealand.

In the semi-finals, Australia defeated England by five wickets with Cathryn Fitzpatrick returning 3 for 27 to stop England at 158 and Belinda Clark leading the chase with a knock of 62, while India beat New Zealand by 40 runs, Mithali Raj’s 91 not out and Amita Sharma’s 3 for 24 standing out.

In this, the first edition of the tournament to be organized by the International Cricket Council, the teams were split into two groups, with each team playing the other once. The top three teams from each group then qualified for the Super Sixes. Both England and New Zealand, the eventual finalists, won all their group stage matches and lost one match each in the Super Sixes.

A lot was expected from the home side, but Australia lost to New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament and was also beaten by India in a crucial Super Sixes match. But it bounced back to win the third-place playoff, beating India by three wickets. South Africa and Sri Lanka failed to win any matches in the tournament.

In the Super Sixes match against Pakistan, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Haidee Tiffen were involved in a 262-run second-wicket stand – the second-highest partnership in women's One-Day Internationals, and the highest in a women's World Cup match – that set up a massive 223-run win.

The tenth edition of the tournament proved to be a great advertisement for the women’s game. Four teams – Australia, England, India, and New Zealand – had already qualified for the main event and were joined by Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, and West Indies, who qualified through the 2011 Women's World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh.

Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole (England), Megan Schutt and Holly Ferling (Australia), and Jhulan Goswami (India), were the pacers who dominated the bowling charts. While the power-hitting of Eshani Kaushalya (Sri Lanka), Stafanie Taylor, and Deandra Dottin (West Indies) were at par with some of their male counterparts.

Sri Lanka sprung a surprise by pulling off a thrilling one-wicket win over England, the defending champion, in the group stage, and even went on to beat India by 138 runs, thus scripting the home side’s exit from the tournament, while Pakistan remained winless. After suffering heavy defeats to India and England in the group stage, West Indies did a turnaround in the Super Sixes, winning all three games, including first-time wins over New Zealand and Australia.

The tournament began with a league stage comprising all eight teams, with every side clashing with each other once – the top four teams at the end of the group stage would progress to the semi-finals. England finished atop the table at the end of the group stages, level on points with Australia, with both teams just losing one fixture each in seven matches. India and South Africa joined them in the semi-finals.

India shocked Australia in their semi-final, with Harmanpreet Kaur smashing a magical 171* off 115 balls – the fifth-highest World Cup score overall, and the highest individual score made by an Indian in the women’s World Cup. In the other semi-finals, England eased past South Africa in a nail-biting thriller, with just two balls remaining, to set up a cracking finale.

India looked primed to chase down England’s 229-run target in the final, having reached 191/3 in the 43rd over. However, a collapse, triggered by the nerveless Anya Shrubsole, who returned 6/46 – the best figures in a women’s World Cup final – helped England snatch victory in front of a near full-house at Lord’s.

India is such a huge cricketing nation that many players have also represented other countries. Of course, this has happened under varying circumstances. Usually, it is for New Zealand and West Indies where many Indian-origin cricketers have played for. Interestingly, there have been a few Indian-origin players who have turned up for Australia. In this article, we take a look at eight Indian-origin cricketers who represented Australia at the International level.

As Glenn McGrath was at the end of his career, there were concerns regarding his replacement. Stuart Clark filled the legend’s role to perfection in the initial years. In his debut Test series itself, he won the Player of the Tournament. However, as the years progressed, Clark lost control over his bowling. He ended his career with 160 international wickets across formats.

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The Australian women's cricket team, also known as the Southern Stars, is one of the best teams in international cricket. They currently sit on top of the international cricket rankings thanks to their dominance in all formats of the game. This is in large part down to the exceptional captaincy of Meg Lanning. Her batting skills have proven to be a great asset for the team and have helped Australia win World Cups numerous times. However, all the credit cannot be given to the captain alone. Matthew Mott, the team’s coach, is another who deserves praise for recent performances. Under his mentorship, the current squad has grown stronger and will aim to win more World Cups over the next 12 months, starting in New Zealand this March.

Meg Lanning is the captain of the Australians and is an exceptional batter. She has been on teams that have played in five world championships. She always strives to help her country win more, and once she gets her head in the game, there is no stopping her. She is the first woman from Australia to score 2000 runs in international T20 tournaments. She is the captain for Victoria in the Women’s National Cricket League and plays for the Melbourne Stars in WBBL.

Ellyse Perry is a real powerhouse of talent. She is the youngest woman in Australia to have represented her country in two of the most competitive sports in the world, football and cricket. She was drafted into the national women’s team at the ripe age of 16 and has since performed wonders in both the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.

When it comes to cricket, Perry is an all-rounder having exceptional skills in both bowling and batting. She is considered to be one of the greatest sportswomen in the history of Australian sports. Her drive and determination are what set her apart and make her a player feared by the opposition. Making her international debut over a decade ago in 2010, Healy is one of the best wicketkeepers to have ever played in international cricket tournaments. She has been a part of the national cricket team for years and domestically plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Her keen interest in the sport could be credited to her family. Her uncle Ian Healy is known for holding the record for the most Test dismissals in history and is also one of the most revered wicketkeepers in Australian cricket. While wicketkeeping comes naturally to her, Healy is also a valuable batter for the squad. Jess Jonassen is a force to be reckoned with on the field. She is a left-handed orthodox bowler and has a unique bowling style, which makes her an excellent addition to the team. She is not new to the world of international cricket and has been a part of the national team since 2012. Jonassen has seen and helped the team win four World Cups over her tenure and aims to see more before she retires. She is also the only woman to have taken over 100 wickets in ODIs. While bowling is her forte, she does not lack batting skills making her a lethal all-rounder.

Rachael Louise Haynes (born 26 December 1986) is an Australian cricketer who has been a winner of five world championships as part of the national women’s squad. As a left-handed batter Haynes is currently vice-captain of Australia. She also plays captain for Sydney Thunder. Sydney Thunder is in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and is a player in the national team of New South Wales within the women’s national cricket league (WNCL).

In her first backyard cricket memory, Haynes recalls using a bat made from the fence while playing with her cousins. She also remembers “always” watching games on TV, which eventually inspired her to adore Shane Warne before being inspired by Belinda Clark and Cathryn Fitzpatrick. 1. Accepting the invitation of a neighboring friend, Haynes joined North Balwyn Cricket Club at the age of 11 for her first encounter with the game. Shortly after she was invited to Box Hill Cricket Club and was able to play in the senior ranks with her future Australian teammate Meg Lanning.

Haynes went to Our Lady of Sion College and completed the VCE in 2004. After earning a Diploma of Management through Box Hill Institute, she completed her studies at Australian Catholic University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Southern Queensland.

Australia could have added yet more to their mammoth total had it not been for some wily death bowling by Anya Shrubsole (three for 46), who took pace off the ball to have Healy stumped, just when she looked on course for a double-hundred.

Three balls later Shrubsole removed the bails to run out Ash Gardner, dashing back for a second run after Mooney chanced Kate Cross’s arm at long-on. In her next over Shrubsole took two‑in‑two, having Lanning caught before Sciver held on in the deep as Mooney finally departed.

Shrubsole had famously been England’s heroine in 2017 final with a cluster of wickets at the back end; this time around the achievement amounted to damage limitation. In reply England refused to surrender their title without a fight: Tammy Beaumont, Knight, Amy Jones, and Sophia Dunkley all got into their 20s.

Even when the holders were eight wickets down after 34 overs, a 65-run partnership between Sciver and Dean off 53 balls gave a glimmer of hope. But Australia had made regular inroads: Megan Schutt’s opening spell, littered with dramatic in-swing, had Danni Wyatt bowled and Beaumont lbw in the powerplay, while Alana King’s leg-spin yielded three wickets for 64.

Haynes was a part of the WNCL debut with Victoria in the 2005-06 season. In the second match of the 2006-07 campaign assisted in defeating New South Wales by eight wickets. However, her team was defeated in the final game by just three wickets. In 2008-09, Haynes made her mark with her first century and finished with the title of fourth-highest scorer with 357 runs averaging 44.62. Her impressive campaign ended in a disappointing way after she was disqualified to duck out of the final.  Haynes is also the fifth-highest run-scorer in the 2009-10 season with 397 runs at 39.70. Then she was the second-highest scorer in the league in the 2010-11 season (making 284 runs at 56.80) and scored the highest with her teammates in the championship final by scoring the highest score of 68 from 76 balls, even though Victoria was defeated in the championship final against New South Wales for a third consecutive season. 

Australian women's cricket team speedster Megan Schutt on Saturday was blessed with a baby girl. Megan Schutt took to her social networking sites and shared pictures of her newly born baby girl. Sharing the pictures of her baby, Megan also shared about the complications doctors warned her about before the delivery of her child. Megan Schutt married her old friend Jess Holyoake in March 2019, and in May 2021 she announced that Jess was expecting their first child through "reciprocal IVF".

So there we have it. On a sunny April, Sunday at Christchurch Meg Lanning’s Australia was formally named the best one-day international team in the world, taking the crown from the reigning champions, England, by 71 runs. If we are honest, we already knew Australia was the best team in the world. It is just that now – with the 20‑over title, the Ashes, and the 50-over World Cup all sitting pretty in their trophy cabinet – they have made it official.

This tournament, with its sea of final-over finishes, called for a competitive final but Australia had not read that script. Their version was to pile on the runs first up, making a mockery of Heather Knight’s decision to bowl first. Australia had 160 on the board before England managed a single breakthrough – the highest partnership for any wicket in a World Cup final – and 316 before the next one came.

With 356 runs facing them at the innings break, England might as well have got on the plane then and there, although an unbeaten 148 from Nat Sciver did at least give them something to cheer about as they watched the fruits of their 2017 victory slip through their fingers.

Runs came thick and fast, all around the ground – Katherine Brunt’s short balls were pulled ferociously, Dean was driven out of the attack, and the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, Sophie Ecclestone, went for 71 across her 10 overs. Healy reached her ton in the 35th over and from there all bets were off as she added another 70 runs in 38 deliveries. All the while England had to deal with the knowledge that Sciver had put the opener down at midwicket on 41 – an error that cost them 129 runs.

Rachael Haynes (68 off 93) was her early partner in crime, hitting her fourth 50-plus score of the tournament after she, too, enjoyed a let-off by England, put down at a backward point by Danni Wyatt on 47. England finally had her caught at the same position in the 30th over but by then, with a 160-run platform in place, the No 3 Beth Mooney (62 off 47) could afford to throw her bat at the ball in complete abandon – her own 156-run partnership with Healy taking only 98 balls to rack up.

This was meant to be one-day international cricket but as Healy and Mooney smashed boundary after boundary there were echoes of March 2020, when the pair annihilated India in the T20 version of this event. Between the 41st and the 45th overs, the England bowlers were punished for an average of 16 runs an over.

As for Alyssa Healy’s innings – 170 off 138 balls, including 26 boundaries – what can one say? England had kept her relatively quiet for the first 10 overs but, when she danced down the track and lofted Charlie Dean for four over mid-on in the 12th over, it set the scene for what was to follow: not just the highest individual innings in any World Cup final (women’s or men’s) but the most audacious one, too.

Role Name
Bowler Megan Schutt
Batsman Elyse Jane Villani
Batsman Bethany Louise Mooney
Batsman Rachael Louise Haynes
All Rounder Ellyse Alexandra Perry
Batsman Nicole Elizabeth Bolton
Bowler Nicola Jane Carey
batsman Meghann Moira Lanning
batter Jessica Louise Jonassen
All Rounder Sophie Grace Molineux
All Rounder Melissa Maree Kimmince
Bowler Amanda-Jade Wellington
Bowler Ashleigh Gardner
Wicket-keeper Alyssa Jean Healy
World Cup Placements No. of Times Instances 
Champions 6 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013
Runners-Up 2 1973, 2000
Semi-Finalists 1 2017
Other Positions 2 1993, 2009
Meg Lanning Batsman Right Handed 30
Rachael Haynes Batsman Left Handed 35
Ashleigh Gardner All Rounder Right Handed 25
Ellyse Perry All Rounder Right Handed 31
Nicola Carey Bowler Right Arm 28
Annabel Sutherland Bowler Right Arm 20
Alyssa Healy Wicketkeeper Right Handed 32
Beth Mooney Batsman Left Handed 28
Darcie Brown Bowler - -
Grace Harris All Rounder Right Handed 28
Jess Jonassen Bowler Left Arm 29
Alana King Bowler Right Arm 26
Tahlia McGrath All Rounder Right Handed 26
Megan Schutt Bowler Right Arm 29
Amanda Jade Wellington Bowler Right Arm 24
Georgia Redmayne Wicketkeeper Left Handed 28
Heather Graham All Rounder Right Handed 25