Women’s T20 World Cup: ‘Don’t think we could have given it a bigger shot’ – Australia’s excellence

Sune Luus, the captain of South Africa, praised the Australian side for their “crazy professionalism” after they won the Women’s T20 World Cup in Cape Town on Sunday. Australia put up a par total on the board, but they were simply too hot for the hosts, who advanced to their first T20 World Cup final thanks to an astonishing victory against England in the semifinals. Yet, as South Africa would learn on Sunday, the Australians were a different kind of gravy.

At the news conference following the game, Luus stated, “Clearly they are a global machine.”  “I think the level of professionalism is incredible and that their squad is the greatest for a reason that the entire world has been admiring for a very, very long time. I believe that everything is in order and just lines up when you look at the buildings and pipes. “So, I believe it’s something that our nation should be working for.

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And I believe that we naturally examine the structures in order to determine how we can best do it in our own nation. “But there’s certainly a reason they’re the finest in the world. And all we can do is keep trying to improve so that we can knock on those doors and finally overcome them.” Australia has won six out of the eight women’s T20 World Cups, with just two other teams (England in 2009 and West Indies in 2016) taking home the trophy.

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With their victory on Sunday, the Meg Lanning-led team added to their titles from 2018 and 2020 to clinch a hat-trick of T20 World Cup championships. But, this triumph had to be won because South Africa repeatedly hinted that they would steal it from them. The Proteas stepped up and delivered a strong performance in their first experience with a tournament final, one they can be pretty pleased with. Luus believed that they have “broken the curse” with their admission into the final.

Just two other teams—England in 2009 and the West Indies in 2016—have triumphed in the Women’s T20 World Cup, which Australia has won six out of eight times. After the victory on Sunday, the team captained by Meg Lanning made it a second hat-trick of T20 World Cup titles, adding to their successes in 2018 and 2020. South Africa threatened to steal the win from under their noses several times during the game, so this triumph had to be won.

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The Proteas rose to the occasion and put up a commendable performance in their first experience with a tournament final. Luus felt that by reaching the final, they would have “broken the curse.” The captain was proud of the team’s ability to exert pressure on the Australian team, especially during a phase when Laura Wolvaardt and Chloe Tryon stringed together some significant boundaries to lower the needed run rate.

“They performed admirably, in my opinion, and gave Australia a serious run for their money. “When Laura Wolvaardt and Chloe Tryon were at bat, I believe there were a few nervous moments on their end as well. However, I believe there were only great emotions, such as joy and pride, despite the fact that the outcome was obviously not what we had hoped for.

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“We simply need to take a close look at that final right now and ask ourselves, “Okay, okay, how are we going to go through the final and emerge on the other side of it?” For our ladies, I believe this was a tremendous opportunity.” “I believe we have done all in our power to provide the girls of this nation with the best chance. Although I’m sure we all would have wanted to win, I don’t believe we could have given it a better opportunity.”


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