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No team deserves Australian support more than Lanning's: Clarke

No team deserves Australian support more than Lanning's: Clarke

Sydney, Feb 19 (UNI) World Cup winners Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke have urged

fans to rally behind hosts Australia on the eve of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

that begins on Friday.

The two former Australian captains gave a team of young girls from the St Ives Junior

Cricket Club an experience to remember as they took the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

2020 Trophy to the top the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday.

Clarke, who captained Australia to a Word Cup win on home soil in 2015 said the

pressure of playing at home will be outweighed by the advantage of having home crowd

support.

“I think it’s great for women’s cricket that there’s been so much publicity and promotion.

If there’s one team in the world, certainly in this country, that deserves the credit and

deserves the publicity it’s the Australian women’s cricket team," Clarke said.

"In 2015, we embraced the pressure. There is a bit more expectation and you are a bit

busy with things outside of cricket, but that can help take your mind off the game,” she

said.

Blackwell, who is a three-time T20 World Cup champion said the build-up to the 2020

event was like nothing she’s seen before.

“There’s a huge amount of momentum leading into this tournament, cricketing greats

on the side of buses, there’s ads on TV, the social media’s gone mad - it's unbelievable!

We should be excited because some of the best cricketers the game’s ever seen will take

part," Blackwell said.

The climb up the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was part of the ICC Women's T20

World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, that has returned to Sydney for the final leg

of a 44-day journey around Australia.

The tournament begins this Friday February 21 when Australia take on India at

Sydney Showground Stadium.

The pre-match celebration featuring leading Australian music talent will start from

6:00pm AEDT, with the match to start at 7:00pm AEDT.

UNI XC-BM

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