Young guns shine as Australia ease to fourth WT20 title

Young guns shine as Australia ease to fourth WT20 title

Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over England to clinch their fourth Women's World T20 title in style in Antigua.

England set out with intent as Wyatt clubbed a four and a six in the first over off Sophie Molineux and had a stroke of luck as she was dropped in the third by Alyssa Healy - one of a number of Australian fielding mistakes.

Gardner and teenage leg-spinner Georgia Wareham combined for five wickets to restrict the English to 105 all out off 19.4 overs after they had chosen to bat first at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

"The T20 World Cup is in Australia in 2020, which is going to be massive and I think we've shown that we can be the world's best team", Lanning said Sunday.

Apart from the disappointment of losing to the Caribbean side in the previous Women's World T20 event, Australia also failed to reach the final of the Women's World Cup a year ago in England, which was won by the host nation who defeated India in the final at Lord's.

"In some ways, I think that gives you a bit of a grounding and real level-headedness that potentially - through absolutely no fault of their own - the guys haven't had in the last 10 or 15 years because the game is so demanding and they're travelling 11 months of the year", she told British media.

Offspinner Gardner (3-22) claimed the key wickets of England captain Heather Knight (25 from 28) and top-scorer Danielle Wyatt (43 from 37), both caught on the drive after being beaten by bounce. "We want to be a very consistent cricket team and I think we have done that over the last few years without the success at world tournaments".

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Gardner was the more aggressive of the pair, hitting three sixes, as England struggled with the dewy conditions. Our bowlers did a great job.

Healy opened for Australia and was playing with precision and power, but mistimed an Ecclestone delivery as she went back to the pavilion for 22.

"We knew there would be dew, more dew than there was in the semis".

On the game itself, which saw Australia chase down 106 with nearly five overs to spare, Knight added: 'We probably didn't quite adapt to conditions as well as we could have.

It was a easy win for Australia team as they got the target of just 106 runs.

"We came with a lot of inexperience. We've really put together an unbelievable squad and support staff".

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