Women’s T20 World Cup final: ‘Ruthless Australia show anything and everything is possible for women’s cricket’

Highlights: Mooney & Healy star as Australia win Women’s T20 World Cup

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

On International Women’s Day, no-one epitomised that better than Australia’s cricketers.

Meg Lanning’s side were not just expected to win the T20 World Cup; they were meant to steamroller their way to glory.

They had reached the final five times in the previous six tournaments, losing only once. They had demolished England in the recent Women’s Ashes. They are, by any measure, the best in the world.

And then they lost their opening game to India and suddenly everyone was wondering. Is this the moment Australia’s dominance starts to lessen?

Really? We were silly to think it would turn out any other way than Australia winning by 85 runs in front of 86,174 fans, the game sandwiched by two Katy Perry concerts.

A team of superstars

Before every Women’s T20 World Cup match, no matter who was playing, ‘C’mon Aussie, C’mon’ was blasted out to the crowd.

The original version was the soundtrack to World Series Cricket in 1978, but it was rewritten for the Australian women as they embarked on the biggest home summer of their careers.

Australia have always had match-winners, but never to this extent. Every player in the line-up offers something so, should one fail, the other is there to pick them up.

Alyssa Healy was not in great form arriving into the tournament, so fellow opener Beth Mooney picked up the mantle. Mooney’s consistency, with three half-centuries across the World Cup, meant the pressure was not building on Healy.

Then, when Healy got the opportunity to let loose in the final, it paid off in impressive – and devastating – fashion.

Midway through the tournament, Australia lost star all-rounder Ellyse Perry to injury. A few years ago, that would have had a huge impact on their tournament, potentially stopping their run to the final.

But now Australia have Jess Jonassen as a spin bowling all-rounder. There’s Nicola Carey, who can bowl with pace and whack a few at the end of the innings, similar to Gardner.

Megan Schutt, who has developed so much over the past few years, leads the attack with ease. Perry’s loss was felt, but not as keenly as it once would have been.

At the heart of the Australia team is Lanning, a captain who leads by example with the bat and is never flustered when it comes to a tight match.

“I don’t train and put in all the time and effort to be a good player,” said Lanning in a recent interview.