Tireless Australia is ready to show a class gap against England Cricket Women’s World Cup

ABOUTOne side of Sunday’s World Cup final is essential. In more than 50 years, the Australians have gone further than Darth Vader: more machines than humans, twisted and evil. You may argue that this is an exaggeration, but they have impressive tirelessness. After breaking the world record of the winning series of 26 matches in September, Australia immediately set about building another. He is currently at 11, including the immaculate eight victories in this cup campaign. Their semifinal against the West Indies was a battle.

On the other side of the coin is unlikely. Defenders of the title were expected to fight for the award a few months ago, but England swept ashes as a single-wheeled tricycle, lost their first three World Cup matches and then stumbled upon the two victories they needed to reach the top. four. Their semifinals were against South Africa, a hot team whose only loss in the tournament was to compete with Australia. However, when the South Africans attacked Danni Wyatt five times, the opener of England had almost no choice but to create a century of victorious matches.

As debatable as their merits are, and as weak as their recent years against Australia are, England are in the final. The beauty for a loser is that one anomaly is enough to win the prize. The core of players has already experienced this opportunity. Now that Wyatt has replaced the poorly functioning Lauren Winfield-Smith, most of the launchers have taken place, although England remains under the illusion that goalkeeper Amy Jones is doing work at five and that swimmer Katherine Brunt is No. 7.

With bowling, Brunt is more driven by reputation than by reality, and is still referred to in the comments as a speedster when she is more likely to use slower balls from the back. Her new partner Anya Shrubsole looks a bit like the player who led England to victory in 2017, even though there were glimpses of this swing and zipper in her semifinals. As Nat Sciver is the only bowling option in the top six and Charlie Dean is still looking for a way, he relies a lot on Sophie Ecclestone’s spinner class and the precision of swimmer Kate Cross. But the Australians plundered Ecclestone for 77 rides when they last met, and Cross for 62. Neither scored a goal.

Beth Mooney quickly convinces herself that she is Australia’s best batter. Photo: John Cowpland / EPA

That is Australia’s business. If Alyssa Healy doesn’t start fast, like a hundred in her semifinals, then Rachael Haynes will build 80 to settle in inning. Or Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry will meet in a partnership that still averages nearly a hundred over the years. If that fails, Beth Mooney comes up with the ability to play any desired role, quickly convincing herself that she is now the best bat on the team. Ash Gardner hovers and waits for the opportunity to pounce on the fence. Tahlia McGrath has improved the most in the world in the last year and may be in seventh place.

In the unlikely event that Perry’s back cramps don’t get her to the finals, Annabel Sutherland joins the game, a versatile woman who used this nervous spell to save the Ashes test in Canberra in January. Gardner and McGrath both bowls. Megan Schutt is still swinging the ball a mile, Darcie Brown hits it faster than anyone else in the tournament, Alana King otherwise scares the players by turning her legs and the arrows of Jess Jonassen’s left hand still keep her in second place among the best players in the world. .

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These are the things that have created such a gap between the teams in their state. England shortened their batting line to push in another pitcher and still had an attack with less variety and quality than Australia, which fired at nine. Where England quickly loses ground when one pitcher is deployed, Australia can turn to another and then another.

Especially where England has stuttered and trampled in recent months, it looked uncertain on and off the pitch. Australians do not. Where England spoke of hoping to be good, Australia was simply good. Where England was talking about reaching the top at the right time, Australia reached the top every time. This has been the case since the beginning of this World Cup and it will require something very special to stop it until the end.

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