Meg Lanning, the Australia Women captain, is pleased with her team's performance as they completed a resounding 3-0 win over West Indies in the one-day international series.
Australia have won all but one of their 15 ICC Women's Championship games so far. Since losing to England back in 2017 in the first round of games in the competition, they have swept India, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies, as well as England in the Women's Ashes. It marks an improvement from the last edition, where, although they won the championship, they conceded games to India, England and New Zealand.
Lanning believes that Australia, who may not have fully exerted their dominance in the past, have now learned from the experience and are a more commanding side.
"We have learned from our mistakes. In the past, we haven't finished off a series as well as we would have liked, and we have let teams back in," she said after the third ODI on Wednesday, 11 September. "We have got that dominant and brutal nature now and we want to make sure that we keep playing the way we want to."
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Australia were exceptional throughout the ODI series, registering convincing wins in all three games. They won the first ODI by 178 runs and followed that with a 151-run victory in the second ODI. On Wednesday, they beat the hosts by eight wickets, a victory secured on the back of a brilliant bowling performance, including Megan Schutt's hat-trick. West Indies, who opted to bat first, were bowled out for 180, a score the Australians chased down under 32 overs.
"We spoke about heading into today [wanting to] finish off the job and stick to our game plan," said Lanning, who was unbeaten on 58. "The good thing is we have so many contributors in our side, everyone's really hungry to do well and I think we've seen that throughout the series."
We have got that dominant and brutal nature now and we want to make sure that we keep playing the way we want to.
The 27-year-old said they will follow a similar attacking approach in the Twenty20 International series, which begins on Saturday, 14 September, in Barbados. However, she was quick to add that she expects a different West Indies side to turn up for the T20Is, a format they enjoy.
"Our game plan will be pretty similar. We want to go out there and play attacking cricket. I think we have got a good variety with both bat and ball. Every time we go out there, we want to win and that's what we will be looking forward to do," Lanning said.
"[West Indies] are dangerous in the T20 format. They have shown at times during this ODI series that when they do get on the front foot, they can be very dangerous. So we are expecting good competition."
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