Australia have been crowned champions of the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup after beating England, the defending champions, by 71 runs. The ICC final took place in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday 3 April.
Australia's victory has caused many to speculate whether they are the greatest cricket team in history. After being knocked out from the 2017 Women's World Cup in the semi-final by India, the team have been on a phenomenal winning streak. Since 2017, Australia have broken the men’s teams record for registering most ODI wins on a trot (26), until the women’s streak was ended by India in 2021.
After lifting the ICC trophy, Australia have now collected seven titles, including the 20‑over title, the Ashes and the 50-over World Cup, while also winning 38 out of 39 matches over the past 4 years. They have also won seven out of 12 World Cups that have taken place in women’s cricket.
Before collecting their medals, team captain Meg Lanning said: “I think we’ve been extremely consistent over a long period of time, and to come out and perform so well over the whole tournament was great. We knew we had to have a number of different people perform, and we did, young players keeping more experienced players on their toes.
“Alyssa was incredible, I’m probably not surprised to be honest, she’s done it before. Nat Sciver is an incredible player, a special innings which on any other day could have been a match winning one. What next? We’ll celebrate this one first, it's really important to look back at this period and how successful it’s been. It hasn't been easy, they’ve been ups and downs in this thing.”
Between them, Jess Jonassen and Alana King spun a web to take six wickets, helping Australia win a record-extending seventh Women's World Cup title. Right-hand batter Alyssa Healy was also on top form, as she scored 170 runs to help Australia post 356/5 in 50 overs.