Women’s T20 World Cup: record attendances and investment grows game

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

Seven years ago, England and Australia’s women played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to a crowd consisting mostly of friends and family.

This was the Women’s Ashes, the first one-day international of the multi-format series, and the G was all but empty.

On Sunday, Australia lifted their fifth Women’s T20 World Cup title at the same ground, cheered on by 86,174 people, a record attendance for a women’s sporting event in Australia.

The tournament organisers dreamed big with their #FillTheMCG campaign and it paid off.

Here, BBC Sport looks at what we learnt from the tournament and how it reflects the development of women’s cricket.

The game is growing…

Thailand’s inclusion, South Africa beating England and Pakistan stunning West Indies would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

But there is more…

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