Women's World Cup: 4 Aussies & no Indians in 'Most Valuable Team'
Four players from Australia, the champion side, featured in the ‘Most Valuable Team’ of the ICC Women’s World Cup while none from the Mithali Raj-led Indian side made the cut. Four Australians made the team, including Player of the Tournament Alyssa Healy, the wicketkeeper-cum-opening batter who slammed a record 170 from just 138 balls in the final against England on Sunday.
Australia captain Meg Lanning was named captain, while her deputy Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney were also picked in the team. Haynes ended the World Cup as the second-highest run-scorer on 497 after Healy (509), with 130 of those coming in their opening game against England.
Haynes was picked to bat at No. 4 with her usual opening partner Healy joined by South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt at the top.
The 22-year-old Wolvaardt smashed five half-centuries as the Proteas reached the semi-finals, and is one of three South Africans selected, the others being Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail.
The ICC Team
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney (all Australia); Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail (all South Africa); Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver (both England), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Salma Khatun (Bangladesh). 12th player: Charlie Dean (England).