The Aussie women cricketers, still employed because the recently expired MOU did not pertain to them, remain unbeaten after outdistancing Pakistan by 159 runs in World Cup play.
They remained calm and composed, despite losing two early wickets.
Pakistan came out with determination, taking wickets from opener Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton within the first six overs. Rachael Haynes, filling in at skipper for Meg Lanning, apparently learned the same calm approach as her mentor Lanning.
The Aussies went from 2 – 18 at the 10-over mark to post 290, 102 of those coming from the final 10 overs.
The batting for the Aussies was superb, with a 59 from Elyse Villani, a 66 from Ellyse Perry and a 63 from Alyssa Healy. Those who appreciate synergy and alliteration would understand our call for Healy to change her first name to Elyssa.
It was something of a controversy surrounding who should fill in for Lanning, whose ongoing shoulder issue relegated her to the casualty ward. Vice-captain Alex Blackwell would have, in all probability, done equally well, but team management felt that Haynes’ was the one to take the slot, as her leadership style is more in keeping with that of Lanning.
To her credit, Haynes did not big-note herself in any fashion, declaring that there are many players on the squad with captaining experience.
At any rate, they got the win to remain undefeated and post their largest total of the tournament, showing that they can bat first or last and still emerge triumphant at the end.
Villani, stepping into the crease after Haynes was controversially given out, was credited with launching the momentum with her 59 off 40. That included five fours and four sixes, by far her best ever production, considering that in her previous career she had managed just two sixes. Accordingly, she received player of the match recognition.
With three games to go, the Aussies are relying on their batters to step up in order to finish on a positive.