Good news for Australian cricket fans. The Australian women’s cricket team has been successful in qualifying for Women’s World Cup 2017 after they convincingly defeated the Sri Lankan team and won ICC Women’s Championships with a 3-0 lead. Meg Lanning, the Australian skipper, congratulated her side for playing exceedingly well and also appreciated their ability to adjust well according to the playing conditions. Australia becomes the first team to confirm a place in next year’s Women’s World Cup which will be played in England.
The Australian captain, while expressing her happiness, said that they were hoping to win all the games which her team played. She felt that the Sri Lankan team did test her side on a few things but they were fixed to their game plan which earned them dividends. She said that the team set really high standards for their last two performances. Lanning acknowledged the fact that the playing conditions were difficult. According to her, in context to batting the conditions were quite different from home conditions. In their last two games in Lanning’s opinion, their team adjusted well to the conditions and they were successful in sticking to their game plans.
The Aussie team just needed one win in Sri Lanka to qualify for the next year’s World Cup. This target was achieved in style after the Australian team defeated the Sri Lankan Team in the first match in Dambulla by 78 runs. The other two ODIs which were played in Colombo were won by them convincingly.
Australia is now sitting pretty with 30 points from 18 games. The Aussies are 10 points ahead of its nearest rival West Indies. England is third in the spot with 19 points. Other team ratings are New Zealand (16), South Africa (15), India (13), Pakistan (eight) and Sri Lanka (five).
The teams which feature in the top four spots in the ICC Women’s Championships stands for automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2017. The remaining sides would still have a chance to qualify when they play Women’s World Cup Qualifier in February 2017.
The Australian skipper is confident of her team’s prospects in the next year’s world cup and her team is preparing well for the different challenges which it might face in next year’s World Cup.
Meanwhile the Sri Lankan team captain, after their recent poor show, said that their team had been hoping to do better in the series. She said that her team will learn from the current mistakes.