Women's World T20 2018
Our World T20 team of the tournament
Three Australians and two each from India, England and New Zealand make our team from World T20
Laura Jolly in Antigua
26 November 2018, 09:03 AM AEST
Alyssa Healy (Australia, wk)
Matches: 6 | Innings: 5 | Runs: 225 | Ave: 56.25 | SR: 144.23 | HS: 56* | 50s: 2
Not even a brush with concussion in the final group game against India could throw Healy off course. She was named player of the tournament after top-scoring with 225 runs, her only misstep coming in the final when she was dismissed for 22 – her next lowest score was 46. She set a new record for the fastest World T20 half-century against Ireland and posted a 38-ball 53 against New Zealand. By her own admission, her 'keeping wasn't her best during the tournament, but she completed eight dismissals for the tournament, four catches and four stumpings, with only India's Taniya Bhatia capturing more.
Smriti Mandhana (India)
M: 5 | I: 5 | R: 178 | Ave: 35.60 | SR: 125.35 | HS: 83 | 50s: 1
She's been one of the form batters in T20 cricket all year, and after the India opener made a slow start to the tournament, scoring two against New Zealand before knocks of 26 and 33 against Pakistan and Ireland, she hit her straps in the final group game against Australia with a 55-ball 83.
Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
Matches: 4 | Inns: 4 | Runs: 161 | Ave: 40.25 | HS: 67 | SR: 119.25 | 50s: 1
Bates didn't feature in the finals after New Zealand were knocked out in the group stage, but the veteran was in good form with the bat during her time in Guyana, finishing as the second-highest run scorer. She was valiant in defeat in her team's defeat to India in their opening match, scoring 67 from just 50 deliveries as she attempted to pull off a record chase in Guyana. She again stood tall against Australia a win was required to keep her team's tournament alive, scoring a fighting 48 from 42, but it wasn't enough to pull off a victory.
Harmanpreet Kaur (India, captain)
M: 5 | I: 5 | R: 183 | Ave: 45.75 | SR: 160.52 | HS: 103| 100s: 1
The India captain was the tournament's leading run scorer at the end of the group stage. She started the tournament in style with a stunning century against New Zealand, a blazing knock that included eight sixes – each one bigger than the last – as she posted 103 from just 51 deliveries, the first ever T20I ton by an Indian woman. Harmanpreet wasn't afforded much time at the crease in her second match but still managed to seal the chase with a 13-ball 14no, while she smashed a 27-ball 43 against Australia to help guide her team to a record total against the Southern Stars.
Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
M: 5 | I: 5 | R: 121 | Ave: 24.20 | SR: 101.68 | HS: 49
W: 10 | Ave: 7.70 | SR: 8.2 | Eco: 5.63 | Best: 5-5
A semi-final she'd rather forget aside, the veteran was the standout allrounder for the tournament. She picked up 5-5 in the opening game of the tournament and was dangerous with the ball, finishing equal-top of the wickets table, while she struck 49 against Sri Lanka and 46 against England.
Javeria Khan (Pakistan)
M: 4 | Inns: 4 | R: 136 | Ave: 45.33 | SR: 130.76 | HS: 74* | 50s: 1
The Pakistan captain, who is relatively new to the leadership role, had a tournament to remember despite her team finishing with just one win. She struck 74 off just 52 balls against Ireland and was also impressive against New Zealand when she scored 36 from 23.
Ellyse Perry (Australia)
M: 6 | I: 5 | R: 60 | Ave: 60 | SR: 122.44 | HS: 39* | W: 9 | Ave: 9.88 | SR: 10.6 | Eco: 5.56 | Best: 3-16
Perry's batting has taken a bit of a back seat of late in the 20-over format, with Australia looking to their faster strikers at the top of the order. She made the most of her best opportunity, scoring an unbeaten 39 against India, but it was with the ball that Perry was seriously impressive. The work she's put into her pace bowling of late was evident as she captured nine wickets, striking at key moments for Australia – perhaps never bigger than when she picked up Dottin in the semi-final and Natalie Sciver in the decider.
Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)
M: 6 | Inns: 5 | R: 90 | Ave: 22.50 | SR: 115.38 | HS: 33no | W: 10 | Ave: 10.70 | SR: 10.8 | Eco: 5.94 | BBI: 3-19
Gardner's bowling seemed to go under the radar for much of the tournament while her batting wasn't what she'd hoped in difficult conditions, but she stepped up superbly in the tournament final to be named player of the match. She captured 3-22 in the final including the wickets of Danni Wyatt and Heather Knight, before posting her best knock of the event, striking three huge sixes on her way to 33no from 26.
Anya Shrubsole (England)
M: 5 | W: 7 | Ave: 12.57 | SR: 15.4 | ER: 4.88 | BBI: 3-10
The England quick made the most of the tough batting conditions in St Lucia, picking up seven wickets in three matches including a hat-trick against South Africa. Almost as impressive were her efforts with the bat against West Indies – coming in at 6-50, she struck 29 in partnership with Sophia Dunkley to help England to 115.
Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand)
M: 4 | W: 8 | Ave: 11.75 | SR: 12.0 | Eco: 5.87 | BBI: 3-19
The Edinburgh-born off-spinner was a shining light for New Zealand in what was generally a disappointing tournament, proving dangerous with the ball. She struck at least once in each of her four games and was particularly potent against Australia, where she collected 3-25, capturing the wickets of Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry.
Kirstie Gordon (England)
M: 5 | W: 8 | Ave: 12.25 | SR: 14.2 | Eco: 5.15 | BBI: 3-16
Another born in Scotland, left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon hadn't even made her England debut when she arrived in the Caribbean but she finished the tournament with eight wickets and miserly economy rate of 5.15. The 21-year-old broke England's semi-final against India open with two in an over, but couldn't provide the spark needed to defend a small total in the final against Australia. Still, England look to have unearthed a gem.
2018 ICC Women's World T20
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
November 9: Australia beat Pakistan by 52 runs
November 11: Australia beat Ireland by nine wickets
November 13: Australia beat New Zealand by 33 runs
November 17: Australia lost to India by 48 runs
November 22: Semi-final: Australia beat West Indies by 71 runs
November 24: Final: Australia beat England by eight wickets