The captain said England could learn from ‘ruthless’ World Cup champions Australia

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Highlights of Australia’s massive 71-run victory over England in the Women’s World Cup

Highlights of Australia’s massive 71-run victory over England in the Women’s World Cup

Captain Heather Knight said England must learn from “ruthless” World Cup champions Australia as she and Southern stars captain Meg Lanning praised Alyssa Healy’s “significant” and “ridiculous” centuries in Sunday’s final in Christchurch.

Healy smashed 170 off 138 balls – the highest score in a men’s or women’s World Cup final – and shared more than 150 with Rachel Haynes and Beth Mooney as Australia won 356-5, with 120 runs scored. Last 10 overs.

Australia won the record-breaking seventh World Cup title as defending champions England were bowled out for 285, although Nat Siver scored an unbeaten 148 in 121 deliveries.

Australia celebrates Women's World Cup victory by lifting the trophy at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

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Australia celebrates Women’s World Cup victory by lifting the trophy at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Australia celebrates Women’s World Cup victory by lifting the trophy at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Knight said: “Running on board meant we had to take some more risks and unfortunately we were not able to make such a big partnership.

“It’s something Australia does outstandingly and we can learn from. When they are, they are ruthless and take the game away from the opponents. We have to be ruthless. We haven’t done very well in this competition with a super partnership that defines a game. “

‘Healy’s innings was one of the best I’ve ever seen – it was incredible’

Knight added: “Achievements to Australia – bringing such a performance to the World Cup final was outstanding. Alyssa’s innings was outstanding. I think it was one of the best innings I have ever seen live.

Australian opener Alyssa Healy made 170 off 138 balls with 26 fours.

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Australian opener Alyssa Healy made 170 off 138 balls with 26 fours.

Australian opener Alyssa Healy made 170 off 138 balls with 26 fours.

“It simply came to our notice then. It was an amazing wicket and was quite difficult to defend. I think if we kept them above 300 we would have a better chance of chasing it.

“It was an incredible innings from Nat [Sciver]. Ability to score against the spin, against the seam, around the field.

“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t have anyone with him because he didn’t deserve to lose.”

Lanning says:[Alyssa’s innings] Incredibly we were probably not surprised that he did it in the World Cup final, fairly. He has done it before and is able to come out and play so well.

“Some of these shots were ridiculous and it was really important to put pressure on the bowlers at the backend. He set up the base really nicely, creating a platform for blasting in the backend. “

England captain Heather Knight says her team has 'found no answer' to Alyssa Healy's dominance.

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England captain Heather Knight says her team has ‘found no answer’ to Alyssa Healy’s dominance.

England captain Heather Knight says her team has ‘found no answer’ to Alyssa Healy’s dominance.

The ‘Super Proud’ Knight of England’s turn

The Knights lost their first three games of the tournament and initially looked to the elimination only to have a win away from being the first England team, male or female, to win five matches in a row and successfully defend the 50-over world. Cup.

That dream was shattered in the final by an influential Australian but Knight was extremely proud of the revival and is now waiting for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer, where women’s T20 cricket will be played for the first time.

England's Nat Cyver scored a century off 98 balls as the reason for England's defeat

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England’s Nat Cyver scored a century off 98 balls as the reason for England’s defeat

England’s Nat Cyver scored a century off 98 balls as the reason for England’s defeat

Knight said: “I am very proud of the group for the way we have turned everything around – both the players and the staff.

“We showed that character and resilience and took the shot to win the World Cup. Another win was too much for us.

“It simply came to our notice then. Commonwealth Games and T20 World Cup at home [in South Africa in early 2023].

“Some of the players were great in this tournament. Special mention for Sophie Ecclestone, the top wicket taker with 21 wickets.

“I am really happy to see the young players perform and they must be proud.

“We are very disappointed with the final and will look back and think about where we will go as a team but we can be very proud of our determination and perseverance.”

Lanning nurtured Australia’s success

Australia now hosts the Women’s Ashes, the T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup.

Lanning, whose team has won each of their nine matches, added: “I think we have been very consistent for a long time.

“It’s amazing to perform so well in the whole tournament and I think we deserve to win.

England can learn from 'ruthless' World Cup champions Australia, says captain Heather Knight

Cyver is an incredible player and he played really smart – it’s really a special innings that could have been a match-winning day on any other day. We knew that England would be tough on us. We expected a competition and we got it.

Meg Lanning on Net Cyber ​​(pictured)

“We knew we had a lot of people to contribute and it was great to see the team grow.

“Young players have come in and performed really well, made a direct impact. This has been great for putting pressure on more experienced players to get better.

“It simply came to our notice then. It is important that we look back at this period and how successful it has been because we have worked so hard at it. It was not easy, there were ups and downs. “

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