England-beating Australian cricketers have traveled to England in pursuit of a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with another trophy under their belts.
World champion Meg Lanning’s side didn’t even have to hit the ball as they learned on Sunday that they had won the weather-ravaged Three Nations Series with hosts Ireland and Pakistan.
Australia were very disappointed on Saturday when they qualified to beat Pakistan, but the rain that fell on Northern Ireland did nothing.
This was their second match against Pakistan, one of their opponents in the upcoming games in Birmingham, which had to be abandoned due to the factors.
But while leaving for England, they were not denied an overall win for the series when Pakistan’s final match with the hosts was also called off even before being thrown into my mail due to more rain.
Australia, who had only completed two matches against Ireland and won both, were announced as the winners of the round-up event competition.
They score 12 points to 10 for Pakistan, with Ireland receiving 2 points.
But it proved to be a frustrating weekend for both Australia and Pakistan, who had been hoping to get some serious work done before flying to England for the Games in Birmingham.
The Australian, Alana King, was announced as the tournament player for her eight wickets in four rounds, including a 3-8 best result against Pakistan in the rain-ravaged opening match.
Captain Meg Lanning also had a good tournament, being the top scorer with 113 in two matches – 39 unbeaten in the opening game against Ireland followed by 74 hits per second.
Australia will open its games program on Friday against India, and will play Pakistan the following Wednesday on August 3.