My personal score didn't matter as long as we won, says Player of the Match Jess Cameron after Australia won the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012
At one stage, it looked as though Australia would win the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 easily. But England’s lower order refused to surrender, and catches started going down. There were a couple of fumbles and errant throws as it went down to the last ball with England needing a six for victory. It managed just one, and Australia, which beat New Zealand by three runs to win the trophy in 2010, could start the celebrations.
“It was quite stressful, but the belief was there and we were all behind Erin Osborne bowling the final over,” said Jodie Fields, the captain and wicketkeeper. “She came through. I needed the team to do it.”
Fields missed that 2010 triumph with a serious hamstring injury. “I wasn’t a part of the first one,” she said. “Watching the girls win that back at home was just awesome. I was just really determined to get back playing cricket and be part of this with 15 other awesome girls. I don’t know what more to say.
“Watching them play another tight match against New Zealand in the  final, the celebrations that they had and the feelings they came home with, it was something I knew I wanted to be part of. I worked really hard to get back, and leading this side was something I really wanted to do. The culture in our team at the moment is great. It’s something we’ve worked on over the past couple of years.”
England had chased 145 with 11 balls to spare when the two teams met earlier in the competition, but Fields, who said she might also have bowled first, was satisfied with the 142 that Australia managed after a rollicking start. “We were pretty happy with that effort today,” said Fields. “We did score that against England in the first game, but we only dominated 80 percent of that. You can’t do that against great teams like England. We went away, had a hard look at ourselves and we knew we had to come out and be 100 percent professional in every area. I knew that 142 was enough if we bowled well.”
Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor started brightly, but Australia picked up wickets regularly to ensure that the pressure never let up. “I just think we bowled really good areas,” said Fields. “It’s a final and there’s pressure on them to score the runs. Our bowlers did an amazing job to bowl to the plans we set. I couldn’t have asked anything more from them.”
England, which had won 31 of 33 matches before the final, was overwhelming favourite coming into the tournament, but it was Australia that seized the big moments in the final. “England and Australia matches are always very competitive,” said Fields. “It’s the same with the men’s Ashes and even the women’s, which doesn’t come around very often. England came in having won 24 of 25 matches or something – a really awesome record. Luckily for us today, we played well and came out on top.”
Fields admitted that nerves were a factor in the final stages as the fielding became a little ragged. “We spoke a lot about having composure in the tough stages,” she said. “We knew they’d come hard at us and they did. Sometimes, you drop some. You just have to get back up and play the next ball. We did that.”
Jess Cameron was Player of the Match for a 34-ball 45, an innings that featured an audacious ramp shot over the keeper off Anya Shrubsole. “It’s always nice to get away with a win, and do my part for the team,” said Cameron. “I wanted to come into this match and make sure I did my job, and did it well. The personal score doesn’t really matter to me as long as we win. But in a final, it’s always a great individual achievement.
Cameron’s aggression and a partnership of 51 from six overs with Lisa Sthalekar ensured that the Power Play return of 47 would not be wasted. “That’s the way I play, that’s my natural game,” she said. “I don’t like to think I hesitate at all when I go out to bat. I know the team backs me. I know if it doesn’t come off, there’s a lot of other people in the shed.”
With the crowd filling up for the men’s final later in the evening, the Australians got a good ovation as they went on a lap of honour with trophy in hand. “We don’t always have big crowds at international women’s matches,” said Fields. “To have a lot of the Sri Lankan fans in, ready for the men’s match, and also the West Indians…running around that boundary with the World Cup in your hand was just a great feeling.”