Women’s World Cup: Fully prepared for tournament, says Australia coach Matthew Mott
Australia coach Matthew Mott believes the upcoming Women’s ODI World Cup would be a high-scoring tournament after setting a target of 321 in the warm-up match against New Zealand.
In the warm-up match on Tuesday, New Zealand skipper scored 161 from just 117 balls. As New Zealand beat Australia by nine wickets with over seven overs to spare.
“At each World Cup each team’s tactics evolve, and we’re fully prepared for a very high-scoring tournament, particularly at the front end when the wickets are at their freshest. That [practice match] was a really good test for us. It’s something that we’ll bank. Whether we won or lost doesn’t count for a lot in the big scheme of things,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Matthew Mott as saying.
“Obviously as a bowling group we learnt some great lessons and it does show how dangerous some teams can be. We didn’t really show our hand in terms of match-ups and some of the things that we’ll have planned when we play New Zealand next time. Obviously, we hate losing, no one likes losing. But if you’re going to lose, that’s the match to lose and learn some lessons before we start the ones that count,” he added.
Australia will face England in the World Cup opener on Saturday. After defeating them in the white-ball variant of the Ashes.
“England have shown over a long period of time that they love tournament play. They turn up at the right times and that’s why they’re the World Champions. At the last World Cup, they did that (after Australia was blown away by India in the semi-finals),” said the Australian coach.
“They’re always figuring in semi-finals and finals. So I’ll take it with a grain of salt comparing the Ashes series with tournament play,” he added.
The Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 will begin on March 4 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. With New Zealand taking on the West Indies in the opening match.