Keeping in mind the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine has set a goal for her teammates to aim to play the final at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 8. Devine recently became the first male or female cricketer to have five consecutive 50-plus scores in T20 internationals and has been in great form. Also Read - David Warner's Manager Slams Cricket Australia Over Treatment of Players Involved in Sandpaper Gate, Calls Investigation 'A Joke'
In the fourth T20I against South Africa Women, Devine scored her maiden century in the shortest format to power New Zealand women to a series-clinching win in Wellington. The White Ferns cricketer now has scores of 54*, 61, 77 and 105 in the last 4 T20Is. Also Read - Ian Chappell Backs Pat Cummins Over Steve Smith as Australia Cricket Team's Next Test Captain
The ace batswoman said that like every other team, they will also go into the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup with a goal towin the coveted trophy. “Every team goes into the tournament wanting to win and we are no different. Our goal is to make the final on March 8 at the MCG but we understand that we’ve got tough opposition and that the tournament is long,” Devine wrote in her column for the ICC. Also Read - Cricket: Mohammad Azharuddin Defends WV Raman, Says There Are Very Few Sharper Brains Than His Former Teammate
“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to test ourselves and we want to be able to beat the best to lift that title and what better way to do that than in Australia.
“You’ve got to earn the right to win the World Cup and we know we’ve got a massive task at hand, but we’re certainly up for the challenge as we’ve been targeting this event for a while now,” said the New Zealand skipper.
“We’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket, both here and abroad, so it’s certainly exciting times for us, but it’s the dream to lift that trophy come 8 March.”
New Zealand women have been placed in Group A alongside India, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“We need to focus on each and every game and obviously the current world champions Australia, as well as India, are going to be massive games in our group.”
New Zealand will begin their tournament campaign against Sri Lanka on February 22.