Hungry to win world crown
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.
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