The Australian women's National Cricket Team Captain, Meg Lanning and by extension the rest of the Southern Stars team, all breathed a sigh of relief today following their convincing 57-run win over the English women's team in the final of the Tri-Nation tournament which capped off a successful tour of India for the Aussie women and gave them their first T20 tournament triumph in three years. It was a win which was long-awaited following a losing streak which stretched back to 2016.
Speaking to reporters after the match at the presentation ceremony, Captain Lanning was asked about how she felt about the tour of India and she had this response:
"You know to be honest, I had my apprehensions. Our men typically don't do well here and of course the recent scandal involving Smithy in South Africa in addition to the men's team getting outplayed by the Proteas despite starting off positively by winning the first test is probably making the Aussie public feel depressed right now."
"So it was imperative that the Southern Stars win here to give the Australian public something to cheer about once again. In fact, I was quite surprised by the way we defeated the Indian women so convincingly in the ODI format but it was the T20 format which left me a bit worried."
She went on:
"Before we played our first match in this Tri-Nation against India, I was telling the girls to forget what happened in this format against England in the Ashes and in the series against New Zealand last year. I told them this is a new tournament and that what happened last year is in the past. The girls were eager for revenge. But when we lost our second match to England by eight wickets there was this sense of deja vu. Motty did his best to motivate us and he gave us the best advice and encouragement. He truly is a wonderful coach in every sense of the word. I think the turning point in the tournament for us came when we defeated India in Mumbai after they sent us in to bat and we made 186. We were in bit of trouble at one stage in that match at 29/2 in the third over and then Elyse (Villani) came to the crease and made 61 as she and Beth put on 114 for the third wicket and we restricted India to 150/5. Then when we bowled England out for 96 in the next game I knew that this was out tournament to win."
Lanning then sarcastically prodded her counterpart, England Captain Danielle Hazell as she said:
"I have to thank Danielle though for sending us in to bat after winning the toss because frankly speaking, I would have sent us in to bat too had we won the toss. And because of her fine judgment the Southern Stars have their first T20 series win in three years and with a world record score of 209/4 too."
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