The Australian women’s cricket team heads into its second ODI in the Caribbean full of confidence after emphatic — and record-breaking — win over West Indies – PerthNow

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Their win on Friday was emphatic and record-breaking.

And in the Australian Women’s Cricket Team’s 178-run ODI win over the West Indies in hot and humid Antigua, the Aussies sent a clear message to the opposition: we may be in paradise, but we will not lapse in our concentration.

As the team prepares for its second one-day international against the Windies in the Caribbean — starting at 11pm Sunday ACST — South Australian swing bowler, Megan Schutt described the first win in the six-game series as “really special”.

And that was no exaggeration from the 26-year-old.

Australia was sent into bat at Antigua’s Coolidge Cricket Ground when Windies captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss and the Aussie innings quickly became historic: captain Meg Lanning’s 121 (145 balls) and Alyssa Healy’s 122 (106) were part of the team’s second-highest ODI partnership, while Lanning’s ton made her the fastest player — male or female — to reach 13 ODI centuries.

Those tons helped Australia post 4/308, which was the highest-ever total against the West Indies by any side in an ODI and was the Aussies’ fifth highest total in the 50-over format.

“Stuff like that doesn’t really happen very often, there’s sometimes maybe one centurion, but to have two in the match was special,” she said.

South Australian bowler Megan Schutt pictured in Antigua, in the Caribbean, on tour with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.
Camera IconSouth Australian bowler Megan Schutt pictured in Antigua, in the Caribbean, on tour with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.Picture: Supplied, cricket.com.au

“It was also really hot out there and starting at 2pm in peak heat, I don’t think the batters loved it, but to pull through and force two centuries was incredible to be honest.”

Schutt then opened the bowling and despite not being able to get much swing out of the pitch as she would have liked, she was eye-wateringly inexpensive and finished the game with figures of 1/9 from her five overs; an economy of 1.80.

Schutt’s wicket — trapping opener Natasha McLean — came with the first ball of the Windies innings. Taylor’s unbeaten 70 (115) was the highlight for the West Indian batters, but the home side was all out for 130 in the 37th over.

“There wasn’t as much swing as I’d hoped, which makes it a bit of a challenge for me,” Schutt said.

“That’s something that I’ve been struggling with and I’m trying to work on, is what to do with the ball when it’s not hooping.

“I think over on this continent it’s probably important for me to get into my cutters and things like that a bit early and get a bit of grip out of the pitch.”

On Sunday, the side returns to the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua — the same ground that hosted their World T20 win last year.

South Australian bowler Megan Schutt took a wicket with her first ball as part of the Austrlaian Women’s Cricket Team’s big win over the West Indies in Antigua.
Camera IconSouth Australian bowler Megan Schutt took a wicket with her first ball as part of the Austrlaian Women’s Cricket Team’s big win over the West Indies in Antigua.Picture: Supplied, cricket.com.au

Tour Fixture

One-Day Internationals*

5 September — West Indies v Australia, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua — AUS won by 178 runs

8 September — West Indies v Australia, Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua

11 September — West Indies v Australia, Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua

* ICC Women’s Championship matches

Twenty20 Internationals

14 September — West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados

16 September — West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados

18 September — West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados

**These are Caribbean dates.**

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