It’s cricket season!! Can you believe it? After months of dreary football we’re finally ready for the delight that can only be brought to us through the magical sound of leather on willow. It’s going to be a huge summer of cricket for the Australian women – starting with this multi-format series against India, followed by the WBBL, a home Ashes series and then over to New Zealand to try to win back the 50-over World Cup after a disappointing semi-final loss all the way back in 2017.
But first to this series against India. It seems an age has passed since the two teams met in the T20 World Cup final at the MCG in March 2020 in the last big sporting event before Covid changed the world. India will still be feeling the pain of that loss after beating Australia so comprehensively in the opening match of the tournament. With Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen out of this series, it will be the ideal time for India to try to claw back some ascendancy and strike against a slightly less experienced Australian team.
Of course I say slightly because there is still truckloads of experience in there. Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Ash Gardener, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy are obviously highly seasoned competitors, but there is also some exciting up-and-coming talent in the team as well. The young bowling trio of Stella Campbell, Hannah Darlington and Darcie Brown will be looking to make their mark on this series and have the potential to be highly dangerous if unleashed at the right time.
There’s lots to talk about today and I can’t wait to get started!