Australia women's national cricket team

The Australian women's national cricket team (formerly also known as the Southern Stars) represent Australia in international women's cricket. Currently captained by Meg Lanning and coached by Shelley Nitschke,[lower-alpha 1] they are the top team in all world rankings assigned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the women's game.[9]

Australia
AssociationCricket Australia
Personnel
CaptainMeg Lanning
CoachShelley Nitschke (interim)
History
Test status acquired1934
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull member (1909)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
WODI 1st 1st (01-Oct-2015)
WT20I 1st 1st
Women's Tests
First WTestv  England at Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane; 28–31 December 1934
Last WTestv  England at Manuka Oval, Canberra; 27–30 January 2022
WTests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 76 20/10
(46 draws)
This year[3] 1 0/0
(1 draw)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODIv Young England at Dean Park Cricket Ground, Bournemouth; 23 June 1973
Last WODIv  England at Hagley Oval, Christchurch; 3 April 2022
WODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 350 278/64
(2 ties, 6 no results)
This year[5] 12 12/0
Women's World Cup appearances11 (first in 1973)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013,)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv  England at County Ground, Taunton; 2 September 2005
Last WT20Iv  England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide; 22 January 2022
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 149 99/47
(3 no results)
This year[7] 2 1/0
(1 no result)
Women's T20 World Cup appearances7 (first in 2009)
Best resultChampions (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020)

Test kit

ODI & T20I (away) kit

T20I (home) kit

As of 19 May 2022

Australia played their first Test match in 1934–35 against England. The two teams now compete biennially for the Women's Ashes. A rich history with New Zealand stretches back almost as far while strong rivalries have also developed more recently with India and the West Indies, manifesting predominantly via limited overs cricket. In the 50-over format of the game, Australia have won more World Cups than all other teams combined—capturing the 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013 and 2022 titles. They have achieved similarly emphatic success in Twenty20 cricket by winning the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020.

In 2003, Women's Cricket Australia (WCA) and the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) merged to form a single governing body, known as Cricket Australia (CA), which remains to this day. CA has expressed a major goal of the organisation is for cricket to be Australia's leading sport for women and girls, citing the performance and exposure of the national team—which is heavily dependent on its increasingly professional domestic structures, namely the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) and the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL)—as a key factor to achieving such an aspiration.[10]

A survey conducted by TrueNorth Research in April 2020 showed the national women's cricket team have the strongest emotional connection with Australian sports fans.[11][12]


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