The Courier-Mail

Stars hav­ing a bash for women’s sport


AUS­TRALIA’S cham­pion South­ern Stars are de­ter­mined to cap­i­talise on their Ashes suc­cess and turn the inau­gu­ral women’s Big Bash into a land­mark oc­ca­sion for women’s sport.

The most im­pres­sive as­pect of the Stars’ drought-break­ing win in Eng­land is that their mo­ti­va­tion for suc­cess ex­tends far be­yond the 15 play­ers in the dress­in­groom.

As it stands, Aus­tralia’s bril­liant women’s crick­eters don’t re­ceive any­where near the fi- nan­cial or public recog­ni­tion they de­serve when com­pared with their male coun­ter­parts.

How­ever, Meg Lanning’s team couldn’t be do­ing any more as pioneers for what the fu­ture face of women’s sport should look like.

The Stars’ Ashes tri­umph in Eng­land is the first by an Aus­tralian team, male or fe­male, since 2001, but the his­toric achieve­ment will quickly fade into the back­ground if Cricket Aus­tralia can’t carry the mo­men­tum sur­round­ing the women’s game through to the BBL start­ing in De­cem­ber.

Vice-cap­tain Alex Black­well said the Aus­tralian team saw them­selves as am­bas­sadors and hoped that the Stars were set­ting a foun­da­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of women’s crick­eters.

“I think what we’ve seen here in Eng­land over this Ashes se­ries is ev­ery match has been live on TV and we’ve had sell­out crowds for stand-alone women’s games,” Black­well said.

“I hope to see the women’s Big Bash gen­er­ate a lot of in­ter­est and get the crowds in to watch us, in par­tic­u­lar with the dou­ble-head­ers that will oc­cur with some tele­vised matches.

“I’d re­ally like to play in front of a more friendly home crowd.”

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HOME GAMES: Stars vice­cap­tain Alex Black­well.

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