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Cricket

Australia and England will be the teams to beat
Anand Sachar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 31, 2013
First Published: 00:05 IST(31/1/2013)
Last Updated: 11:14 IST(31/1/2013)

After the Australia women defeated the Indians at the Brabourne stadium on Tuesday, the team rushed back into the dressing room.

For the next few minutes, there was a lot of loud singing and cheering that could be heard. It was just a warm-up game to the Women’s World Cup. But the celebration showed that the Australians cherish every victory.

Heading into the World Cup, they are not going to allow the winning feeling to slip out of their minds. After all, this was Australia’s second triumph after having beaten the West Indies on Monday.

It provided an insight into the hunger that some of the teams are carrying into the event.

While all eyes will be transfixed on the progress of the hosts, India do not start with a clear shot at the title. One thing common amongst all the teams will be the desire to come out on top.

“We have gained a lot of experience from 2009. We are not taking part anymore, we are competing now,” said West Indies skipper Merissa Aguilleira. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/1/31_01_13-metro21.jpg

Australia’s bid will be strengthened by players like Meg Lanning, who is in destructive form with the bat.

“We are here to do what we could not last time, win the Cup like we did in 2005,” Australia’s Alex Blackwell told HT.

However just before landing in India, the Kiwis defeated Australia in a T20 series.

Last edition’s runners-up NZ could carry that confidence into the tournament. 

England are the defending champions, having beaten NZ at home in 2009.

With players like Sarah Taylor, who is set to play with the boys in a Sussex second XI, in their ranks, they are a strong batting unit.

Pakistan’s participation in the Cup was under doubt, owing to a threat from Shiv Sena.

However with the base shifted from Mumbai to Cuttack, the team is all set for action.

Their spinners could be effective in the sub-continental conditions.

While South Africa are yet to shine in women’s cricket, it will be all about power-hitting forthe West Indies.


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