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Australian women’s cricket team quest for gold revealed

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The women’s T20 cricket groups and schedule for Birmingham 2022 have been revealed, with Australia to launch its campaign with a blockbuster against India.

Australia’s bid for its debut women’s cricket Commonwealth Games gold will begin on Sunday 29 July against fierce rivals India, with the schedule for the eight-team women’s T20 tournament at Birmingham 2022 revealed.

Australia and India will be joined in Group A by Pakistan and Barbados, who will also play each other on the opening night of the competition.

Group B is made up of New Zealand, South Africa, England, and a qualifier who is still to be determined.

Australian captain Meg Lanning spoke when the Australian team qualified for the Games, about her excitement by the potential of a Commonwealth Games gold medal victory and the challenge it presents.

“The women’s game has gone to another level over the past few years and its inclusion at the Commonwealth Games is a huge opportunity to take it further,” Lanning said.

“The announcement of the schedule and qualifying process is an exciting milestone and one that will no doubt create plenty of excitement among players across the globe.

“Winning the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in front of a record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was absolutely incredible but we’re now looking to the future with some amazing events and challenges on the horizon including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

All games will be played at the iconic Edgbaston cricket ground.

In good news for fans in Australia, the group games against India and Pakistan will be played during the day in England, with an 8pm AEST start time, while the clash against Barbados will commence at 3am AEST. Channel 7 hold the broadcast rights for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Should Australia make the final, coffee could be in order for fans eager to watch, with the game to begin at 2am AEST on Monday 8 August.

In what is seen as a huge opportunity to turbo-charge the growth of the game, and take it to new fans, women’s cricket will be a part of the Commonwealth Games for the first time,  only the second time that cricket has featured in the Games.

At the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 a men’s one day international tournament (50 overs) was held with Australia defeated by South Africa in the gold medal match.

The Australian team featured captain Steve Waugh, brother Mark Waugh as vice-captain and Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Damien Fleming and Darren Lehmann among the line-up.

Next year’s Commonwealth Games will make global sport history by being the first-ever major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men. There will be 136 medal events for women and 134 for men; at the 2018 Commonwealth Games there were an equal number of medals for women and men.

To be in the stands in Birmingham supporting the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the rest of the Australian team, for the first time Australian families and fans will be able to access group tickets for all events at the Commonwealth Games.

The Family & Fans Tour ensures Australian families and fans can sit and cheer together, stay together and play together at the Birmingham Games.

Tour packages are available for all sports; however, numbers are limited.

Bookings are now open, learn more about the Family & Fans Tour below.

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Next year’s Commonwealth Games will make global sport history by being the first-ever major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men. There will be 136 medal events for women and 134 for men; at the 2018 Commonwealth Games there were an equal number of medals for women and men.

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