Women's T20 World Cup

A sporting dynasty: The numbers highlighting Australia’s cricketing dominance

T20 World Cup 2023 Final

By Daniel Beswick in Cape Town

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After another emphatic tournament victory for Australia’s women, we run through some of the unrivaled facts and figures highlighting the team’s incomparable quality in cricket.

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6 - Titles won by Australia in Women’s T20 World Cups

With half a dozen wins in eight editions of the tournament, Australia’s win over South Africa in Newlands also completes a tournament three-peat (2018, 2020, 2023).

Beth Mooney top-scored with 74* as the world’s top-ranked team posted 156/6 at Newlands, and a brilliant bowling display saw South Africa stifled in their chase, with the Proteas falling 20 runs short of their target.

5 - ICC titles won by Meg Lanning as captain

Lanning has now claimed more ICC trophies than any other captain, moving past compatriot Ricky Ponting, who had lifted two Cricket World Cups and two Champions Trophies as skipper from 2003 to 2009.

The 30-year-old claimed a first Cricket World Cup win as captain last year in New Zealand, with her win at Newlands accompanying the three T20 World Cup trophies lifted from 2014 to 2020.

4 - Consecutive fifties scored by Beth Mooney across ICC and Commonwealth Games finals

With a trophy on the line, trust the left-handed opener.

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Making 74* at Newlands on Sunday, Mooney’s 61 was Australia’s top score in their Commonwealth Games Gold Medal match against India, and her impact was also felt in Australia’s Cricket World Cup Final win over England, making 62 from 47 balls.

Mooney also has consecutive fifties in T20 World Cup finals, having made an unbeaten 78 against India three years ago.

3 - Titles held concurrently (T20 World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Commonwealth Games gold medal)

Australia already held the three titles concurrently after the win in the inaugural Commonwealth Games final, though the Cape Town victory meant the Australians can boast winning all three in the space of 12 months. 

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In emphatic fashion, the team’s most recent wins in the three competitions were all unbeaten.

13/20 - Fraction of global tournaments won by Australia’s women

A win at the 2024 edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh would mean that Australia have won two-thirds of possible trophies across Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup events.

9 - Women’s T20Is Australia have lost in last 73 outings

T20 cricket is regarded as fickle, leaning more into individual performances dictating team results, though the overall quality across the board for Australia has delivered an unrivaled level of consistency.

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Their record in the short format is bettered by their stretch in the same period in ODIs, winning 43 of the last 45 matches.

8 - Number of global tournaments won by Ellyse Perry 

While injury has spoiled her chance of appearing in every tournament final, Perry boasts eight ICC tournaments: two Cricket World Cups (2013 and 2020) and all six T20 World Cup titles.

80 - Combined T20 World Cup wickets taken by Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry

Schutt joined Perry on 40 T20 World Cup wickets apiece today with her scalp of Laura Wolvaardt, and now boast the most T20 World Cup wickets as a pair.

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1 - Australian players to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets at a Women’s T20 World Cup

Ash Gardner (110 runs, 10 wickets) joins West Indies legend Deandra Dottin as the only other player to achieve the feat (121 runs, 10 wickets).

Unlike Dottin’s 2018 effort, Gardner’s exploits led to a T20 World Cup title in 2023.


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