Australia women's national cricket team

Australia
Southern Stars logo
Nickname Southern Stars
Association Cricket Australia
ICC status Full member (1909)
ICC region East Asia-Pacific
Coach Matthew Mott
Captain Meg Lanning
First Test
Australia Australia vs. England 
( Brisbane; 28 December 1934)
First ODI
Australia Australia vs. Young England England
( Bournemouth; 23 June 1973)
First T20I
Australia Australia vs. England 
( Taunton; 2 September 2005)
World Cup
Appearances 10 (first in 1973)
Best result Champion (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013)
World Twenty20
Appearances 5 (first in 2009)
Best result Champion (2010, 2012, 2014)
as of 25 November 2015

The Australian women's national cricket team (nicknamed the Southern Stars) represent Australia in international women's cricket. The team is currently captained by Meg Lanning and coached by former Victoria and Queensland batsman Matthew Mott. [1] As of 20 October 2015, the Southern Stars are ranked first in all forms of women's international cricket.

The team played their first Test match in 1934–35, when they lost to England two-nil in a three-Test series. They now compete against England for the Women's Ashes. They have won more World Cups than any other side — winning in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005 and 2013. The team has also be crowned champions of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament more than any other side - winning in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

In 2003, Women's Cricket Australia (WCA), and the Australian Cricket board (ACB) merged to form a single national cricket board (now known as Cricket Australia), which remains to this day. This merger has been a positive influence on women's cricket, providing more financial support and gathering more exposure for the sport. [2]

Current international rankings Top 10

The ICC Women's Rankings incorporates results from Tests, ODIs and T20Is into a single ranking system.

ICC Women's Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 48 6172 129
2   England 47 5742 122
3   New Zealand 53 6263 118
4   West Indies 52 5607 108
5   India 37 3964 107
6   South Africa 60 5405 90
7   Pakistan 47 3629 77
8   Sri Lanka 45 2998 67
9   Bangladesh 22 995 45
10   Ireland 22 838 38
Reference: ICC Women's Rankings, ICC Women's Championship, 4 February 2017
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the October before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
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