Mumbai: Feb 18, 2013
All smiles after leading the Australian women's cricket team to its sixth World Cup title, skipper Jodie Fields said it feels good to be one up on the men, who have won the coveted trophy four times.
"It feels good to be one up on the men sometimes," quipped Fields after the Aussie women beat West Indies by 114 runs in the final to lift the trophy at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
"But they have always supported us throughout the tournament...Sitting here, it's an unbelievable feeling. It's the sixth time Australia has won the World Cup. To do it in the same year as we won the Twenty20 World Cup, I think it is really special," she added.
"To have been part of this team and winning two World Cups is a great piece of history for Australia women's cricket."
Fields said last year's tour of India, during which the Aussies emerged triumphant 8-1, gave her team good experience of the sub-continental conditions which came in handy during the World Cup campaign.
"The March tour (to India) was a great preparation for us coming here. We won that series 8-1, so it was good to dominate the series," she said.
Having lost to West Indies in the Super Six stage, Fields said the Aussies wanted to dominate the final.
"We were very disappointed with our last match in the Super Six against the West Indies. We really wanted to go into that match and dominate and go through the whole tournament undefeated. We knew we had to step it up a little and improve our game. To the team's credit, they did that," she said.
The batting hadn't clicked for Australia in the tournament and the captain said the willow-wielders found form when it mattered most.
First Published: February 18, 2013, 10:59 am