The ICC World T20 is done and dusted with the West Indies taking out both titles.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars fell short of being crowned champions for a fourth consecutive year, going down to the West Indies by eight wickets. While the Australian men’s team failed to make it past the pool stage, claiming two wins.
We take a look at how our nine Stars player fared throughout the tournament.
In her first World T20 appearance, Kristen Beans played every match, picking up six wickets in six matches. She was the most used Australian bowler, taking 24 overs. The leg spinner took best figures of 2-25 against Sri Lanka. Beams finished with an economy rate of 5.5.
James Faulkner finished the World T20 as Australia’s leading wicket-taker, claiming a total of eight wickets. The left-arm pace bowler took his best ever T20I figures of 5-27 against Pakistan, earning him a Man-of-the-Match award. Faulkner also picked up two wickets against New Zealand and one wicket against India. He will now turn his focus to the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he plays for the Gujarat Lions.
Pace bowler John Hastings was given limited opportunity throughout the tournament, only playing one match. He was selected to play against Bangladesh and finished with figures of 0-24 from three overs. Hastings will represent the Kolkata KnightRiders in the IPL.
The Australian skipper led from the front, topping the run-scorers list for Australia with 201 in six matches. Coming in at number three, Meg Lanning scored three half-centuries including one in the T20 Final against the West Indies. Her highest score was an unbeaten 56 against Sri Lanka. Overall, she finished with the third most runs in the competition. Lanning is still ranked as the number one women’s T20 batter in the world.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell completed the tournament as the second highest run-scorer for Australia with 109. Maxwell played all four matches and had a high score of 31 which came against India. The off-spinner also bowled eight overs, claiming 2-18 against New Zealand. Maxwell will play for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa impressed at his first WT20 finishing with the best economy rate (6.27) from the Australian bowlers. Bowling a total of 11 overs, he picked up five wickets in four matches. Zampa took his best figures of 3-23 against Bangladesh. The 24-year-old will play under Stars coach Stephen Fleming in the IPL.
All-rounder Nat Sciver was the second-highest wicket-taker and third highest run-scorer for England in the World T20. Sciver claimed six wickets in five matches and took best figures of 2-22 against Australia in the semi-final. She finished with 80 runs including a best knock of 27 which came against Bangladesh.
Spinner Morna Nieslen completed the series with an incredible economy rate of 3.25. Nielsen was the most used New Zealand bowling, churning out 20 overs in five matches. She took a total of three wickets and took best figures of 1-13 against the West Indies in the semi-final. Nielsen’s ability to restrict runs proved to be important for the Kiwis as she bowled an instrumental 0-4 in the side’s win over Australia.
Mignon du Preez
South African captain Mignon du Preez had a disappointing WT20 campaign, only managing 35 runs in four matches. Her team won once, defeating Ireland by 67 runs.