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Women’s World Cup 2017: Meg Lanning back to lead Australia in India semi-final

• Lanning has 328 runs at an average of 109 in this World Cup
• India lost to Australia in their group match

Asked before their Women’s World Cup semi-final against India to reflect on Australia’s World Cup success four years ago, the vice-captain Alex Blackwell had to stop. It didn’t come to her immediately. Filing through her memory, it finally did. “That’s right,” she said. “We won against West Indies.” The veteran of 14 years and eight global tournaments explained the lapse: plenty has happened since. It sure has.

Since they lifted the trophy the leaps taken in the women’s game require stopping to catalogue, too. First and foremost: professionalism. When a new pay deal is eventually signed with Cricket Australia, women internationals will earn $200,000 within five years.

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