Winning the Women’s World Cup for the sixth time is no mean feat and Australia skipper Jodie Fields said that it was their team’s preparation across four years that was behind their success. The Australian team now holds the World T20 title, the Ashes and the ODI World Cup.
“We were disappointed with the 2009 campaign and since then have put efforts into doing well at this World Cup. The tour to India and around the subcontinent has helped us a lot. Cricket Australia ensured that we entered this tournament in great shape and today to everyone’s credit, we showed why we are the best team in the world,” said the wicket-keeper.
Australia’s 114-run win over West Indies came after they lost to the same side in a Super Six match and Fields had demanded after that loss that their team needed to play a better brand of cricket. And the team came up with a brilliant response: “We knew we had to step up our game after that loss and we managed to do that.”
But apart from the team’s overall performance, what stood out was the decision to bring back Ellyse Perry into the side for an in-form Holly Ferling. Ferling had taken nine wickets before this match but found herself dropped in favour of the more popular Perry, who was out injured after the Group Stage. As it happened, Perry slammed a quickfire 25 off 22 balls and finished with figures of 3/19 in 10 overs.
“When we discussed the selection, I knew that I had 15 players who could win us the World Cup. It was a tough call. My heart sank a bit when she pulled up after the first couple of derliveries but she did great,” quipped Fields.
The Australians were troubled briefly when it looked like big-hitter Deandra Dottin had got going. But Fields was certain that she would make an error: “I knew we had to bowl well to Deandra but even when she got going we knew there would be an error.”
This was Australia’s sixth triumph in ten editions of the Women’s World Cup and Fields joked that it was good to have a record better than the men’s team (four World Cups): “It’s great to have a one-up on the men’s team! But they’ve always supported us throughout the tournament.”
Fields has made a reputation for believing in attacking and aggressive strategy on the field and said that it will not change: “I won’t be changing my style too much too soon.”