Australia came to New Zealand this year as favorites to win the World Cup, but given how it went last time around, you could forgive them for putting less than zero in this status.
A semi-final exit in 2017 was seen as a failure for the defending 50-plus champions, widely regarded as the best team in the world.
The group stage defeat to eventual winners England was not impossible to believe, but the 36-point loss in a rainy semi-final to India seemed to come out of nowhere.
Since then, the Australian women’s team have been on a mission to reclaim their ODI World Champion status, which they finally achieved with a decisive 71-point win over England in this year’s final.
But we made them wait.
The 2022 Cricket World Cup was supposed to be the 2021 World Cup. In fact, the final was supposed to fall just a day before the first anniversary of their famous Twenty20 world title, but COVID intervened.
This year’s decider came 392 days after he was supposed to, and just a tick in less than five years since their last World Cup game at 50 ended in such disappointment.
Vice-captain Rachael Haynes described the 2017 tournament as Australia’s “crucible moment”.
“It didn’t exactly go to plan,” she said after Sunday’s redeeming victory over the old foe.
As enjoyable as the T20 win in 2020 was, history would have been incomplete without uniting world titles.
“It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time, everyone’s been talking about it for a long time, so to finally cross the line was pretty cool,” said 2022 Finals player and tournament MVP Alyssa. Healy said.
Healy had one of the biggest changes from 2017 to now, moving from the middle order to her current role as one of the world’s best openers, capped by a record 170 from 138 balls for deliver a seventh ODI World Cup victory for women. side.
But there were also less tangible changes.
Ellyse Perry, who only made it to this year’s final after passing a late fitness test and was unable to bowl, said the whole attitude of the team had changed “to really play the game all the time”.
“What really stood out to me during this tournament was how the group handled the pressure,” she said.
“Not everything went our way. We were certainly challenged, but we always found our way.
The Australian side won’t have to wait so long for more shots at glory, with T20 cricket featured at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and August, followed by another rescheduled World Cup, the T20 tournament moved from the end of 2022 to February next year.