Still reeling from the middle order collapse against West Indies, Australia skipper Jodie Fields admitted that her team will need to play a better brand of cricket if they’re to win the ICC Women’s World Cup.
“We’ll need to play a higher standard of cricket in the final. We will go into training and focus on what we do well, and that is usually bowling, batting and fielding,” said a disappointed Fields, whose team will face the West Indies again in the final (the teams also played a warm-up game against each other, so they are well acquainted with each other).
“We wanted to go into the finals unbeaten but it was not to be. This tournament has shown that you cannot take any team lightly,” she said, after seeing her team collapse from a comfortable 89-4 to 156 all out in the space of 22 overs. Australia needed 165 to win.
Fields also admitted that the team could have been less wasteful in giving away their wickets and that the matter will be discussed in training as they prepare for the final on 17 February. But at the same time, Fields felt that the Weest Indies bowlers did very well, “I think the Windies bowling was very tight and disciplined and it worked for them.”
Deandra Dottin was again the star for West Indies — hammering 60 runs off 67 balls (10×4, 1×6) – to take their score to defend-able total of 164.
The Australian spinners did most of the damage, with Erin Osbourne taking 2/16 in her nine overs.
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