Cricket: Beth Mooney adamant Australia ‘getting better’ ahead of T20 women’s World Cup defence

The “volatile” nature of T20 cricket will make starlet Beth Mooney’s fourth consecutive World Cup victory in Bangladesh anything but a given in October.

No other team, men’s or women’s, has won the T20 World Cup tournament four times in a row.

And Mooney, who was involved in Australia Cup wins in 2018, 2020 and last year, said there was good reason for that.

“The T20 World Cup is traditionally very difficult to win,” she said.

“As we know, it’s a pretty fickle format, so we go into each one with certain plans and they tend to get thrown out the window when there’s a little bit going on, or adversity, or conditions.

“Everybody starts from scratch when they get to the T20 World Cup, which is what people forget.”

Mooney, 30, also said the growing strength of women’s cricket around the world meant the all-conquering Australian team could not afford to take their foot off the pedal.

“We don’t pretend that we were a very successful team,” she said.

“We are the sum of all the parts in the sense of each individual doing the right thing and wanting to get better and improve.

“Global cricket is getting better and so are we. We are getting more resources, all other countries are getting more resources and opportunities.”

To prepare for the World Cup, Australia will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand in September – two in Mackay and one in Brisbane.

“We have a pretty good rivalry with New Zealand so it will make for a pretty good competition before the T20 World Cup starts,” Mooney said.

Before that, Mooney will head to England next month to play for Manchester Originals in The Hundred Women competition.

“I didn’t play in The Hundred last year, but this year was a good opportunity to play some cricket during the (Australian) winter and prepare for the T20 World Cup,” she said.

“We really have to focus on the next few months and do whatever it takes to lead up to the T20 World Cup and then go from there.”

Australia’s post-World Cup domestic schedule includes three one-day internationals with India in December and a multi-format Ashes series against England starting in Sydney in January.

“England are one of our big rivals and they always put up a great fight,” Mooney said

“It becomes a bit of a fun product in the sense that it’s multi-format with T20s, one-day internationals and a Test.

“There’s probably room for another Test in the future if we’re lucky, but it’s a way for us to play that multi-format style and make it a points-based trophy.”

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