Sydney Thunder WBBL star Rachael Haynes is looking forward to Australia’s first pool match of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20, following a disciplined performance in a warm-up match against South Africa.
Australia were in early trouble at 4-38 after 10.1 overs before a brilliant 92-run stand between Haynes and Meg Lanning propelled them to 4-130 from their 20 overs.
“Initially I was just trying to get [Meg] on strike but I got a couple away too which was nice,” said Haynes.
“We’ve spent a lot of time playing alongside each other, even early on in our careers back in Victoria, so we know each other’s games really well. I think we run really well between wickets too. We complement each other nicely.”
Throughout the tournament, Australia will continue to back their ability and play aggressive cricket.
“Our strength is our batting depth so we’ve got full confidence that if it doesn’t come off, we’ve got plenty of people sitting on the bench who can come in can do the job,” said Haynes, who batted fifth against the Proteas.
Haynes is joined by Thunder teammate Nicole Carey in the strong Australian squad.
“We really do have 15 players who could take the field and do a wonderful job for our team so I’m pretty thankful I’m not a selector, it’s going to be a pretty tough decision to make but I’ve no doubt that whoever gets the opportunity will do a great job,” said Haynes.
Australia will kick off their tournament against Pakistan on Friday 9 November (Saturday 10 November 07:00 AEDT).
2018 ICC Women's World T20
Australian 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
9 November: Australia v Pakistan, Province Stadium, Guyana
11 November: Australia v Ireland, Province Stadium
13 November: Australia v New Zealand, Province Stadium
17 November: Australia v India, Province Stadium
22 November: Semi-finals, Sir Vivian Richards Ground, Antigua
24 November: Final, Sir Vivian Richards Ground