Former World Cup winner Michael Clarke has tipped the Australia Women’s team to win the Women’s T20 World Cup title in 2020. Australia will be hosting the seventh edition of the global event, that they have won the most number of times in history, four times, to be precise.
The Australian ladies will begin their quest to add another one to the trophy cabinet, when they take on India in the opening game on February 21, at the Sydney Showground Stadium.
Clarke feels having won the most World Cups in the shortest format, the Australia Women’s team will enter this edition as favourites and if they go on to clinch the trophy, it would be well deserved.
Michael Clarke says Australia would be deserving winners of Women’s T20 World Cup 2020:
Former World Cup winner with the men’s Australian team, Clarke said the Aussie ladies would be befitting champions of this edition of the T20 World Cup.
“I think it’s great for women’s cricket that there’s been so much publicity and promotion. If there’s one team in the world, certainly in this country, that deserves the credit and deserves the publicity it’s the Australian women’s cricket team,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Clarke as saying.
Under his leadership, the men’s team triumphed at ICC ODI World Cup 2015, after beating New Zealand in the final. They too won the coveted title at their home itself.
Alex Blackwell, former Australian cricketer herself, who won three T20 World Cups, said the build-up to this year’s World Cup was historic, and nothing like she had ever seen before in her life.
“There’s a huge amount of momentum leading into this tournament, cricketing greats on the side of buses, there are ads on TV, the social media’s gone mad – it’s unbelievable! We should be excited because some of the best cricketers the game’s ever seen will take part,” Blackwell said.
Australia, led by Meg Lanning, get their title march underway against India on Friday in the inaugural fixture of this year’s World Cup, at Sydney.