There’s a risk that the semi-final between Australia and South Africa at the T20 World Cup could end in a washout. The rain forecast is not good and while that will be the Proteas’ benefit, they were the first to admit they’d be pretty grumpy if it was the other way around.
Aussie captain Meg Lanning has led the four-time winners through a turbulent group stage, beaten in their opening game by India, given a scare by Sri Lanka and losing star player Ellyse Perry to injury.
“It’s massive and we haven’t looked any further ahead than Thursday,” said Lanning, who has contributed 67 runs at 33.50 in Australia’s four games.
“Semi-finals are extremely hard to win at World Cups. It’s the four best teams in the tournament and there are no inches given by any team.
“We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to come up against South Africa who have played really well through the tournament.
“There’s a lot of chatter about the final from the outside, and it’s going to be a great event on Sunday no matter who’s playing. We want to be part of that but so do the other three teams.”
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