After two years of build and two weeks of thrilling cricket, Australia has taken out its fifth Women’s Twenty20 World Cup and its first ever on home soil.
Following Sunday night’s record-breaking final at the MCG, we name our team of the tournament.
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ALYSSA HEALY (Australia)
236 runs at 39.33, strike rate 156.29, HS 83
The damaging opener was in a horrible form slump heading into the World Cup. But all that has been forgotten after three half-centuries for the tournament, including a player of the match performance in the final against India. Her damaging approach means she will give chances early in the innings, but as Sunday’s performance showed she only needs a handful of overs to get her eye in to clear the rope.
BETH MOONEY (Australia)
259 runs at 64.75, strike rate 125.12, HS 81*
The player of the tournament was simply a rock at the top of the order for Australia. It was Mooney’s uncanny ability to bat through the entire innings to make a half-century and keep the Australians together like glue which stood out. A half-century in the final was one of her highlights, which included a number of cracking catches in the field.
NAT SCIVER (England)
202 runs at 67.33, strike rate 113.48, HS 59*
2 wicket at 27.00, economy rate 5.40, BBI 2-5
Sciver took a number of big strides throughout this tournament, compiling a consistent batter in the England top order. With their opening combination struggling to fire, Sciver batted throughout the crucial powerplay overs and managed to end the tournament with three half-centuries. Her bowling was more than handy at stages, with her death bowling ability certainly likely to have played a role if there was a semi-final contest.
HEATHER KNIGHT (England)
193 runs at 64.33, strike rate 136.87, HS 108*
Knight’s century might’ve come against Thailand. But you can’t take anything away from the England captain who carried herself extremely well during the World Cup. She now has a century in all three formats – something that very few cricketers across the world have.
SHAFALI VERMA (India)
163 runs at 32.60, strike rate 158.25, HS 47
It wasn’t a World Cup final to remember for Verma. But remarkably it was the only clash where she didn’t fire a shot, as the Indian 16-year-old was mighty consistent all the way through the tournament. No player who made over 30 runs had a better strike rate than the Indian young gun. Opposition bowlers will need to find a way to curb the rising star in years to come.
CHAMARI ATAPATTU (Sri Lanka)
154 runs at 38.50, strike rate 135.08, HS 50
The toughest spot to fill in the squad after Jess Jonassen played a number of crucial roles for Australia. But the Sri Lankan opener had a fine tournament as she led by example with bat in hand. It was all on her shoulders to lift the Sri Lankans, with the left-hander compiling a fine half-century against Australia at the WACA.
HAYLEY JENSEN (New Zealand)
7 wicket at 10.41, economy rate 5.21, BBI 3-11
Jensen is one of New Zealand’s shining lights from the World Cup tournament. Ever since her WBBL|03 campaign for the Renegades, Jensen has taken huge strides in her cricketing ability. Trusted with key overs for New Zealand, Jensen managed to strike at crucial points and has become a trusted bowler for Sophie Devine and the coaching group. Her exceptional economy rate is what helped her be selected.
POONAM YADAV (India)
10 wicket at 11.90, economy rate 5.95, BBI 4-19
Nobody will forget that night in Sydney where Yadav ripped out Australia and put them on the back foot in the opening game of the tournament. Possessing a deadly wrong ‘un, the Aussies had no idea for the loopy spinner who was a dropped catch away from a hat-trick. Only Amelia Kerr showed she could get hold of the spinner.
MEGAN SCHUTT (Australia)
13 wicket at 10.30, economy rate 6.33, BBI 4-18
Schutt would’ve certainly been in the race for player of the tournament after a number of fine spells with the ball. She came into the tournament as the No.1 ranked bowler – and it is a ranking which she certainly deserves to hold for the next 12 months. With four wickets in the final, Schutt jumped to No.1 on the wickets charts for the tournament as she swung her way to the top.
SOPHIE ECCLESTONE (England)
8 wicket at 6.12, economy rate 3.23, BBI 3-7
No player had a better average and economy rate than the left arm spinner. It’s remarkable to believe she is just 20 years of age, with the England young gun a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Her figures of 3-7 against the West Indies were remarkable, sending star Deandra Dottin packing in the third over of the innings as she sent down 16 dot balls in her 3.1 over spell.
ANYA SHRUBSOLE (England)
8 wickets at 10.62, economy rate 6.07, BBI 3-21
Like Schutt, Shrubsole excelled when the ball was swinging around. Thailand and Pakistan had no idea against her bowling, with the England medium pace bowler taking three wickets against both sides. The 28-year-old is always reliable with ball in hand, given she has averaged less than 15 across her T20I career.