This Sunday, the Australian girls’s cricket staff will play of their remaining sport for the summer time after they tackle the New Zealand White Ferns in sport three of the Rose Bowl sequence.
It’s been an exceptionally profitable sequence for the Aussie girls, who reclaimed the Rose Bowl trophy with their 95-run win over New Zealand final Sunday and continued their dominance over the White Ferns on this format (Australia have held the trophy with out interruption since 2000).
Whereas the staff has been profitable, it will be remiss to not point out some spectacular particular person performances and milestones.
Take Jess Jonassen, who solely returned to the ODI squad for this sequence given her battles with harm initially of the summer time.
Within the first sport the place Australia beat New Zealand by 5 runs on the WACA, Jess took Four-43 and likewise scored 36 runs. Jess backed that up with career-best figures of 5-27 on Monday at Karen Rolton Oval along with her mother and father proudly watching within the stands (Jess’s father is battling some well being points, so he doesn’t at all times get the chance to observe his daughter play).
In that very same sport, Ellyse Perry continued her summer time of dominance with the bat, scoring her maiden ODI century, ending her innings on 107 not out.
However in a similar way to the double century she scored at North Sydney Oval through the Ashes in 2017 (the place she celebrated the milestone a few balls too early after she mistakenly thought she had hit a six), this event was additionally not simple.
Ellyse was sitting on 97 with two balls remaining. On the second final ball of the day, Ellyse hit Hayley Jensen laborious, however discovered the fielder in Anna Peterson on the boundary. Happily for Ellyse, Anna dropped the easy catch after which proceeded to observe the ball roll over the boundary.
On the ultimate ball, Ellyse completed an excellent innings with a six.
My favorite stat from this sport (which displays simply how laborious Ellyse has been engaged on her batting) is that it took Ellyse 42 innings to succeed in 500 ODI runs and simply one other ten to succeed in 1000.
When reflecting on this summer time, what instantly involves thoughts is how dominant the Aussie girls have been, in addition to the throughout the board enchancment within the WBBL total.
However regardless of the dominance of the Aussie girls, it’s vital to focus on simply how busy their schedule has been this summer time. The staff has performed extra cricket than ever earlier than and has continued to carry out at an exceptionally excessive stage.
Summer season began in September with the opening spherical of the home WNCL competitors, adopted by a three-match T20I sequence in opposition to New Zealand. The Australian girls then went straight to Malaysia to play Pakistan in three ODIs and three T20Is.
From there, the staff went straight to the Caribbean and received their fourth T20 World Cup. Then three days after arriving dwelling, these girls went straight into the WBBL adopted by the ultimate two rounds of the WNCL after which the ultimate of the WNCL which lots of the Australian girls featured in.
Then simply two weeks later, summer time is concluding with this Rose Bowl sequence.
And though summer time is concluding, there isn’t a lot time between this conclusion of this Rose Bowl sequence and the following hit out for the Aussie girls. In July the staff will journey to England to contest the multi-format Ashes sequence, they’ll then play a restricted overs sequence in opposition to the West Indies girls, adopted by a sequence at dwelling in Sri Lanka earlier than the graduation of the WBBL in October.
Given the success of the WBBL, a call has been made by Cricket Australia to maneuver the event ahead by two months to offer it extra space (i.e. not performed similtaneously the BBL). There’s been loads of debate about whether or not that is the correct time to play cricket provided that winter sports activities have simply ended and that a part of the attraction of the BBL is that children are on college holidays (and at in October, the children are nonetheless in school).
I’m trying ahead to the change and assume it is going to give the WBBL the prospect to shine, notably since Cricket Australia has indicated that it’s trying to play the competitors as a sequence of weekend carnivals (like they did for the opening three rounds this 12 months), giving followers all around the nation the chance to observe a few video games over a two or three-day interval.
I’m additionally hopeful that each one video games can be performed on weekends reasonably than through the day and can imply extra constant scheduling, reasonably than the advert hoc method the competitors appears to have been performed within the earlier season.
My huge query although is what can be carried out with the ladies’s home competitors, the WNCL. For the time being this competitors is three rounds, with one spherical of finals and is performed across the WBBL so it’s exceptionally interrupted. This 12 months there was one spherical performed earlier than the WBBL began after which one other two rounds performed on the finish.
With the WBBL transferring ahead, this provides Cricket Australia to increase the WNCL right into a full dwelling and away season and provides girls the chance to play the longer format of the sport. I feel this may be a welcome transfer and would place emphasis on the home competitors and probably give gamers much less suited to the T20 type of the sport a chance to play extra cricket.
Then, following the conclusion of those two competitions, the Australian girls will play in an ICC T20 World Cup to be held on Aussie shores.
Summer season could also be ending now, however is it too early to start out counting the times till the following one? And whereas this summer time might have been the most important one but, it appears that evidently relating to girls’s cricket, we’re simply getting began.