Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian Women’s National Team, and her team are looking forward to the chance to win a World Cup Final at home in front of a record crowd at the MCG.
The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Championship set itself the ambitious goal of selling the MCG and attracting 93,000 spectators to the final on March 8, International Women’s Day. Added to this was the announcement this week that Katy Perry, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, will perform her songs in the final.
Australia, the defending champion, has been in spectacular T20I form and, under very special circumstances, wants to win another trophy – the fifth in the tournament.
“It will be very fast!” Meg Lanning told the press at an event that they should be 100 days before the tournament. “I hope it will be the moment of our career.
“That’s something I look forward to playing in front of 93,000 people at MCG, I was in the crowd and watched big games, but I think we could be in the middle with all these fans] an exciting prospect.
“I have been playing cricket for Australia for 10 years and we have come such a far way. The game is part of the sporting landscape and we can’t wait for the Women’s @T20WorldCup to come around” Meg Lanning pic.twitter.com/4LhVztIFbO— Perth Scorchers (@ScorchersBBL) November 13, 2019
Since the beginning of 2018, Australia has won a remarkable 23 out of 26 T20I games played. However, Lanning knows that it will not be easy to reach the final of a World Cup. She expects a “balanced competition” and the team is fighting for their place.
“We have a good position in Australian cricket and have had some success in recent months,” she admitted. “But world championships are extremely difficult to win and we will have to invest a lot of hard work to get the result you want.
“It’s a very balanced contest, it’s going to be the best ever, everyone who comes along will see some very high-quality cricket and really exciting games, so I encourage everyone to come along.”