Having seen her troops pull off a fantastic eight-wicket win over England in the final of the 2018 ICC Women's World T20 in the Caribbean, Australian skipper Meg Lanning has said that it was extremely satisfying to end-up on the winning side, despite not really being at their best on the big night.
On the back of Megan Schutt (2/13), Georgia Wareham (2/11) and Ashleigh Gardner (3/22), Australia restricted arch-rivals England to just 105 in 19.4 overs. Ashleigh Gardner (33) and Meg Lanning (28) herself led the way and finished off the proceedings comfortably, in only 15.1 overs.
“The last couple of World Cups haven't gone our way and this is a really satisfying win. It was great. The girls have been simply outstanding,” Lanning said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “We obviously didn't have the success we would have liked in the last couple of years. My mum and dad's here and I could not be happier.”
"We probably didn't have our best day in the field. It was great. Wareham was great with the direct hit and her control with the ball was excellent."
"We knew we could change a few things and we are a very calm group and I think we showed that tonight," she added.
Reflecting back at the disappointing day, where apart from Danielle Wyatt (43) nobody got going, England captain Heather Knight said, “We didn't put too many runs in the board. In terms of average and the wickets we've lost we surely didn't get it right."
"We came with some inexperience and the girls stepped up beautifully. Really great experience for the girls and the fans have been amazing. They (supporters) are still singing and dancing, they've been our source of support," she signed off.
Australia are now the ICC Women's World T20 Champions.
(Inputs from CricketNext)