Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed the Australian women’s team to win their fifth T20 World Cup in the ongoing tournament Down Under.
The cricket-turned-commentator picked the defending champions ahead of the England team which won the inaugural edition of the World Cup at home, back in 2009.
The English women’s team suffered a loss during their opening match of the tournament at the hands of South Africa by a margin of 6 wickets.
Australia, on the other hand, has had a mixed campaign in the tournament thus far. The hosts’ vulnerability was exposed against spin during their massive defeat at the hands of the Indians.
With their ace spinner in Poonam Yadav, India ran through the mighty Aussie lineup, which eventually led to their 17-run defeat in the tournament opener.
Many tagged the Indian win as an ‘upset’ despite Indian defeating the Australian women’s team on numerous occasions off-late
The Aussies received several hiccups against Sri Lanka with the bat, when they were reduced to 10-3, chasing a par score of 123.
Their weakness against pace-off was exposed yet again, during their fixture at Perth on Monday. Their cream went back in the hut without adding much to the board.
However, heroics from captain Meg Lanning (41) and their seasoned campaigner Rachel Haynes (60*), enabled the Aussies to get past the Sri Lankan total.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 24, 2020
Group A is now brilliantly poised with India winning both their games in the tournament. New Zealand has won the only game they have played so far.
In the end, it will be a face-off between India, Australia, and the White Ferns for the semi-finals spot in Group A. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh can always threaten to upset any of the big three teams on their day.