Monday, 15 April 2013


Expected a World Cup hosted in India to be dominated by spin bowling? Think again. This tournament has been ruled by fast bowling, with teams all across the globe unearthing bowlers of genuine pace.Ten of the top 11 wicket-takers were seamers. The likes of England's Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, Megan Schutt and Holly Ferling of Australia and India's Jhulan Goswami have brought a new dimension to the women's game."That is the way the game is moving," said former England batter Ebony Rainford-Brent. "If teams want to stay competitive over the next five years then they are going to need a couple of genuine quick bowlers."  The power hasn't only been coming from the pacers, with the batters also showing that they are pushing the women's game forward.Australia's World Cup campaignGROUP STAGE1 February - Beat Pakistan by 91 runs3 February - Beat South Africa by three wickets5 February - Beat New Zealand by seven wicketsSUPER SIX STAGE 8 February - Beat England by two runs10 February - Beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets13 February - Lost to West Indies by eight runs
17 February - Beat West Indies by 114 runsWorld Cup results, reports and scorecardsEshani Kaushalya led the way, blasting 56 from 41 balls in Sri Lanka's shock win over England.But the most devastating display came from West Indies' Stafanie Taylor, who thrashed 171 from 137 balls against the Sri Lankans, even managing to overshadow her team-mate Deandra Dottin's 20-ball half-century in the same game.New Zealand's Sophie Devine, South Africa's Cri-Zelda Brits and India's Harmanpreet Kaur have also shown themselves to be adept at clearing the rope, with England coach Mark Lane admitting his side need to find longer hitters."We have players who can hit sixes but we need more, especially when we play on good surfaces," he said. "We are looking for players that can hit the ball a long way."

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