Australia won the ICC Women’s World Cup title for the record seventh time after they beat England in the final by 71 runs at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Sunday. Australia scored a mammoth 356/ 5 powered by Alyssa Healy’s knock of 171. In reply, England were bowled out for 285 as Natali Sciver’s unbeaten 158 went in vain.
Australia remained unbeaten on their road to the World Cup final and got the job done in the summit clash as well as the players performed as a team. Healy ended the tournament as the top-run getter with 509 runs from nine innings. Her fellow opener Rachael Haynes ended the campaign with 497 runs from as many games.
Meanwhile, the ICC released their ‘Most Valuable Team’ of the tournament and none of the Indian players found s spot in the XI. India were knocked out in the group stage after losing to South Africa in their last league game.
The XI included four players from the victorious Australian side, two from runners up England and one each from West Indies and Bangladesh. Bangladesh off-spinner Salma Khatun had finished with 10 wickets from seven matches at an average of 22.40. England’s Charlie Dean was named the 12th player of the side.
Sophie Ecclestone from England ended the campaign with 21 wickets to her name. South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail took 14 wickets while Australia’s Jess Jonassen and Alana King finished with 13 and 12 wickets respectively. Together they bagged 25 wickets and played a key role in Australia’s victorious World Cup campaign.
ICC’s Most Valuable Team Of The Tournament
Most Valuable Team: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney (all Australia); Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail (all South Africa); Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver (both England), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Salma Khatun (Bangladesh)
12th player: Charlie Dean (England)
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