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Cricket (women's)

Total investment (Cricket Australia) 2015-16: $1,320,800 (high performance: $200,000; participation $1,116,000; $4,800)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: Less than 1% 

Cricket Australia’s high performance women’s program is rated as performing. The Southern Stars achieved their goal of becoming the top-ranked team in the three forms of women’s cricket. They won the Ashes Series against England, are the current T20 World Cup champions and one-day international world champions.

The team’s continued success at major tournaments, particularly in tight situations, is a testament to the group’s improved culture and leadership. Captain Meg Lanning is the No. 1 ranked player in International Cricket Council rankings in both one-day international and Twenty20 forms of the game.

Cricket Australia’s greater investment in underpinning state-level programs is showing results with young quality athletes coming through the athlete pathway and increased numbers across junior programs.

There are still concerns around batters’ ability to play against quality spin bowling however specific camps at the centre of excellence and in Sri Lanka are improving this skillset. The team’s average age of 24 augurs well for the next four to six years as the younger players in the squad gain further experience.


When benchmarked against Australia’s Winning Edge sports, Cricket Australia is performing well against the MSGP. Cricket Australia is achieving best practice in sports science sports medicine principles and has, in recent years, implemented a number of positive changes to its governance. To continue this governance improvement the sport should consider areas such as board diversity.

2015 benchmark event // Women's Ashes Series

Medal target: 1

Actual: gold1 silver 0 bronze 0 total 1

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Women's Twenty20 World Cup

Medal target: 1

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