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ICC Women's World T20 will be an open tournament, writes Australia captain Meg Lanning

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning, who will lead three-time champions Australia in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, speaks about the tournament and her team’s prospects in an exclusive first-person article.
  •  Below are some quotes from the article; the full write-up is available at icc-cricket.com and on the Online Media Zonefor free editorial use giving credit to ICC

Australia captain Meg Lanning has declared that the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 will be an open tournament and there would not be any easy games in the Caribbean from 9-24 November.

In an exclusive column for the ICC, available at www.icc-cricket.com as well as the Online Media Zone, the world’s third-ranked women’s batter added that her players would head off to the Caribbean confident of their own abilities. 

“It’s not going to be easy, it’s a very open tournament. The last couple of years have shown us that,” wrote the 26-year-old who has played in 77 T20Is. “World events are about playing good cricket at the right time.”

Lanning said there were quite a few teams to look out for.

“South Africa have been playing really well, England and New Zealand are right up there. So we know that there are no easy games any more, it's tough. If you don't play your best on the day, you're going to get beaten and we're very aware of that and looking forward to the challenge.

“That said, I think we're in a really good spot as a team. Winning the series against New Zealand was the perfect preparation for us heading into a big tournament. New Zealand are a great team and it was a good challenge for us,” she said.

About her side’s chances, Lanning, who is keenly looking ahead to her maiden trip to the Caribbean, wrote: “I think we have really evolved as a T20 side over the last 12 months. We have found our tempo in T20 cricket, we’ve got really good variety within our squad with both bat and ball, and that provides us good options depending on what the situation is. We feel confident heading in and looking forward to seeing how that plays out.”

Lanning’s complete article is available at www.icc-cricket.com and the Online Media Zone for free download and editorial use.

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