Meg Lanning will lead Australia in June's World Cup.
Meg Lanning will lead Australia in June's World Cup. TRACEY NEARMY

Plenty to play for as Aussie women get up for Cup

A FINAL at Lord's, possibly nearly a million dollars in prizemoney and taking out the World Cup when women's sport is exploding around the globe.

There are plenty of things for Australia to play for when they head to England in June to contest the women's cricket World Cup.

But there are seven other nations in the same position, and any number of them could snatch the ultimate prize from underneath the Southern Stars.

"You only have to look at some of the countries we've played against recently in Sri Lanka and India and they're sleeping giants," coach Matthew Mott said.

"The world game, I think, is right at the pointy end of exploding and this World Cup would be a huge one; four or five teams are a genuine chance of winning it. That puts a real emphasis on what an achievement it will be."

Fifty days out from Australia's first World Cup match, against West Indies, the Stars are ramping up preparations.

The squad will be cut from 20 to 15 at the end of the week and then they will start to get game ready.

Two weeks in to a three-week camp and competition for places is high, with Mott unable to rule out some new faces in the side.

"Potentially. Through Rene Farrell's retirement and injury to Lauren Cheatle. There are good young players up here and they've all impressed," Mott said.

"It will be interesting. I think that final 15, we'll have some pretty robust discussions on Tuesday to get that balance right. There have been some impressive young players to come through."

The final at Lord's is where every team wants to finish.

Whoever it is, come the end of July, that final at Lord's will be a big driver for the Stars players.

"(Lord's) is a massive carrot for anyone," Mott said.

"Any World Cup final is very special but to be at the home of cricket, having experienced it as a coach before, it's an experience that is second to none.

"It's an amazing place. The dressing rooms are full of history. The ground, you walk through the Long Room.

"It would be an amazing achievement, first of all to get there, but then to go on with it and try to win it."

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