Women’s World Cup: 2017 WC had big impact on us but now it’s a new journey, says Australia skipper Meg Lanning
Lanning reflected on the changes made since Australia’s semi-final loss to eventual runners-up India in 2017. The winner of the 2020 T20 World Cup was in the room with the captains of Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies.
“This group that we’ve got here is very different to 2017. I think the majority of the players not even involved in the tournament, and the majority of the staff also weren’t there. The impacts of the 2017 World Cup have obviously changed the way we play but, from now really moving forward, this World Cup is completely different,” Lanning said as per an official release.
“It’s a new World Cup, everybody starts on zero points and needs to play well throughout the tournament. It’s a great challenge for our group but, to be honest, we don’t really talk about 2017 anymore. It obviously had a big impact on us but now it’s a completely different group, and we’re on a new journey together,” she added.
Lanning also revealed the team’s prospective substitutes, should Australia be forced to field members of the management staff due to a tournament rule.
To ensure the competition works as smoothly as possible, the ICC announced yesterday that teams might field a team of nine players and two female substitutes from their management staff.
“I asked our physio and media manager what their preferred fielding position were if they were to take the field. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that for any team. It’s an interesting way to go about it and I understand we want to get cricket in, we want to play the games. But if that did occur, I think it’d be a pretty interesting situation.”
The tournament kicks off on March 4 with hosts New Zealand taking on the West Indies.