Australia thrash England to win fourth ICC Women's World T20 crown

Australia thrash England to win fourth ICC Women's World T20 crown

Australia thrash England to win fourth ICC Women's World T20 crown

Australia's women cricketers are again the sport's much-needed bright light after trouncing England by eight wickets to reclaim the World Twenty20 title in Antigua.

Allrounder Ashleigh Gardner starred with bat and ball in Antigua with the English restricted to 105 all out off 19.4 overs.

"We probably didn't have the best day in the field".

Even stranger, Australia hit the winning runs off the same ball, the first of the 16th over, to win this tournament for the fourth time, three of those final victories being against England.

Offspinner Gardner (3-22) claimed the key wickets of England captain Heather Knight (25 from 28) and top-scorer Danielle Wyatt (43 from 37), both caught on the drive after being beaten by bounce.

Wareham was involved in nearly everything, including producing a brilliant run out of Amy Jones (4) in the fifth over.

"We had to change a few things, move things forward, play a little differently, and this is a really satisfying win".

England reached the mid-point of their innings on 57 for three with Wyatt and Knight at bat, but the pair could only muster a 23-run partnership as the former was caught at cover.

Healy opened for Australia and was playing with precision and power, but mistimed an Ecclestone delivery as she went back to the pavilion for 22.

Gardner sent a full toss from Knight to the rope in the 12th over, then had two more off Kirstie Gordon as Australia looked to finish with a flourish.

Knight said after the game: "Danielle Wyatt started brilliantly. We've really put together an fantastic squad and support staff to be able to move the game forward and be part of the women's game, which is going to grow so much over the next couple of years". I think over the past year or so, we're not relying on one or two players anymore, and I think that probably found us out a little bit in the couple of World Cups previously.

'We came with a lot of inexperience. Some of them have sat up brilliantly. "So for the team to embrace that - especially in the T20 format where we've got eight opening batters, but everyone was willing to sort of sacrifice their own game to try and win the game for the team - I think that's why we're standing here today as champions, because everyone was willing to be selfless and really just do what they can to win". "We've really put together an awesome squad and support staff".

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