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Aussies say they have edge in Women's WC final

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 14:38 hrs
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Mumbai: Jodie Fields, captain of five-time winners Australia, today said her side has a slight edge over the West Indies in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final tomorrow even though the Caribbean team had shocked them in the Super League stage.

"I think the Australian side has got a slight advantage, we have been here before. We have managed to win the Twenty20 trophy and it is a big opportunity for us to play well again," Fields said at the pre-match media conference at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here.

The day-night match will be played at the Brabourne Stadium.

"I feel a sense of history here. It's a great thing that the Australian team has won the World Cup five times. We are keen to go out there and have a shot at the sixth title," said Fields, who is playing in her second World Cup.

"I was part of 2009 World Cup back in Sydney when we didn't have such a good time. Personally, to be involved in a World Cup final, to be here, is such a wonderful opportunity," said the Aussie wicketkeeper-batter.

West Indies stunned Australia in their last Super Six clash at MIG Club Ground on Wednesday to make their maiden final.

The Australian women's outfit has received a shot in the arm in the form of support by their male counterpart who are in Chennai, preparing for the first of the four-match Test series against India, commencing on February 22.

"It's been really wonderful and we have had support from Michael Clarke and the Australian team from back home. They sent us some messages this morning. That gives us great encouragement leading into tomorrow and we have also provided them with support for their matches. Hopefully, both teams can be successful (in India) and we can go home happy."

"They are really proud of our team. Michael said he is proud to be an Australian watching alongside what we have achieved with the Twenty20 World Cup. There is an opportunity for us to walk away with the sixth title. It is great to know the men support us the way they do and hopefully we can show that to them in return," she said. 




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