Australian women remain undefeated at Cricket World Cup

Australia remain undefeated in the Women’s Cricket World Cup after thrashing Pakistan by 159 runs.

The Aussies were without their captain and run-machine Meg Lanning who was rested due to a chronic shoulder injury.

With the usual skipper out, selectors made a shock decision, recalling Rachel Haynes to captain the side.


Haynes only returned to cricket after a four-year absence from the national side in February and pipped veteran Alex Blackwell for the top spot.

Australia batted first at Grace Road and after losing quick wickets, premier all-rounder Ellsye Perry steadied the ship, scoring a determined 66.

They trudged along, ticking the scoreboard over until Elyse Villani joined Perry at the crease. The Victorian made her intentions clear, smashing boundary after boundary on her way to a quick-fire 59.

Wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy tidied up the back end of the innings with 63 not out, leaving Pakistan to chase 290 for the win.

The Aussies were too good with the ball, restricting Pakistan to 131 from their 50 overs.

Ashleigh Gardner and Kristen Beams both finished with three wickets each.