Meg Lanning
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Lanning has Australia primed for Cup tilt

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In a column for the ICC, Australia captain Meg Lanning discussed how the semi-final loss at the 2017 tournament has her side well prepared for the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.

Lanning believes her side is a much better version than the one that crashed out spectacularly in the semi-final stages of the 2017 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup.

COLUMN FROM MEG LANNING

The all-conquering Australian side had cruised through to the final four at the 2017 event in England, only to see their title hopes blown away by Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant 171* and an upbeat Indian team.

Lanning says her team learnt a lot from that result and are better prepared to claim a seventh World Cup title when the 50-over showcase gets underway in New Zealand next month.

"A lot of our players were involved in that 2017 World Cup, which didn't quite end the way we would have liked and I think since then we've changed the way we approach and play our cricket and are a lot more positive and willing to take a few more risks and I think that suited our game style," Lanning said.

"It is the trophy that we don't have our hands on at the moment and we're all very keen to try and change that. 

"Being the No.1 ranked team, we go in there with a lot of confidence, but World Cups are extremely difficult to win.

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"There's a lot of cricket to be played and then you need to play pretty consistently across a long period of time, which is a big challenge and there are a number of world class teams out there, who are playing really good cricket."

Lanning believes the development her players have received in domestic cricket has helped further strengthen the depth of the Australian squad.

"We know the benefits of being full time and having access to great resources, great coaching, and being able to play a lot more cricket as well and hopefully, that continues to evolve over the next few years as well,” she added.

"The Women’s Big Bash League in particular has provided a really nice platform for younger players to be exposed to different scenarios and pressure situations.

"We've seen with our young kids coming in, Darcie Brown, Tahlia McGrath and others, they don't look overawed by the situation, which I think the WBBL has played a really big role in that. 

"It is a strong domestic competition, and alongside the Women’s National Cricket League, it provides a great opportunity for players to get game time and learn the game, there's no doubt that that certainly helps our national team to be able to perform as we do."

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