Australia secures spot in 2021 Women’s World Cup

The top four teams in the IWC table, along with host New Zealand, get automatic qualification for the World Cup.

Australia has lost just one match in 15 games, to sit at the top with 28 points.   -  twitter|@icc

The women’s cricket team of Australia has assured itself a top four spot in the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) following its 3-0 sweep of the West Indies, thus securing a place in the 2021 World Cup slated to be held in New Zealand.

The top four teams in the IWC table, along with host New Zealand, get automatic qualification for the World Cup.

The bottom three sides will feature in the World Cup Qualifiers, where they will be joined by Bangladesh and Ireland, as well as the winners of the regional qualifiers from Africa, the US, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe, to decide the three remaining competitors for the main event.

Australia, which had won the first edition of the IWC, has lost just one match in 15 games, to sit at the top with 28 points.

Having swept aside India, Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies, its only loss has come against England, back in 2017 in the first round of matches.

England is second with 24 points, but it has played three matches more. India and South Africa are joint on 16 points after 15 matches each, and can only get to a maximum of 28 if they win all their remaining games. Pakistan, which have 15, can get to a maximum of 27.

The West Indies and Sri Lanka make up the bottom two places on the table. Sri Lanka, which has just one win in 15 games, is almost certain to be in the Qualifiers.

The West Indies, which was an automatic qualifier last time around, has struggled in one-day cricket in recent years, having recorded 12 losses in 18 games, with one no result.