Hun­gry to win world crown

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LIZ WALSH

THE Aus­tralian women’s cricket team is “champ­ing at the bit to have a hit” af­ter ar­riv­ing in An­tigua ahead of this week’s open­ing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup game, ac­cord­ing to coach Matthew Mott.

Mott ad­dressed me­dia yes­ter­day dur­ing the team’s first train­ing ses­sion at the idyl­lic Caribbean lo­ca­tion and said the team had set­tled in well af­ter ar­riv­ing from Malaysia, where it had a sixgame clean-sweep over Pak­istan.

Mott praised the style of fear­less cricket his side had been play­ing.

“We’re in game mode and ready to switch,” he said.

“There is al­most a sense of un­fin­ished busi­ness … we’re very hun­gry to get a world crown back now.”

Mott said de­spite his team beat­ing NZ on home soil in a clean sweep in a T20 se­ries last month, the trans-Tas­man ri­vals were the bench­mark in the T20 for­mat.

“With World Cup con­di­tions in the Caribbean, there’s a whole dif­fer­ent set of con­di­tions over here,” he said.

But he wel­comed news cap­tain Meg Lan­ning had trained freely de­spite a mi­nor back com­plaint.

World Cup pool matches start on Novem­ber 9, with Aus­tralia play­ing Pak­istan, New Zealand, Ire­land and In­dia be­fore the fi­nals from Novem­ber 22.

TON OF JOY: SA’s Tom Cooper cel­e­brates reach­ing a cen­tury for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive Sh­effield Shield match but the Red­backs were caught short by Vic­to­rian pace­man Scott Boland.

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