Australia seek to lay ghosts of 2009 to rest at Women’s World T20 | Lisa Sthalekar

Form, ranking and omens all point to a successful campaign in the Caribbean for Meg Lanning’s team

For the first time since 2009, the Australian women’s cricket team’s cabinet is empty. No World Cup. No World T20 trophy. Just the recognition of being the top-ranked team in the world in both formats. But preparations leading up to the start of this week’s World T20 tournament have run smoothly and Matthew Mott’s side now feel they unfinished business to attend to in the Caribbean.

2009 was a horror year for the Southern Stars. As part of that team, I’m well placed to judge. We finished fourth at the World Cup – Australia’s worst ever performance – and to rub more salt into our wounds it was on home soil, in front of family and friends. And then, fewer than six months later, we lost to England in the semi-final of the inaugural World T20 after posting a competitive total of 163. Personally, it remains the one year of my entire cricket career I wish I could erase.

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