The Australian women's cricket team (nicknamed the Southern Stars) are Australia's national women's cricket team. The team is currently captained by Meg Lanning and coached by former Victoria and Queensland batsmen Matthew Mott. As of October 20 , 2015, the Southern Stars are ranked no. 1 in all forms of women's cricket.
The team played their first Test match in 1934/5, when they lost to England two-nil in a three-Test series. They now compete against England for the Women's Ashes. They have won more World Cups than any other side — winning in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005 and 2013. The team has also be crowned champions of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament more than any other side - winning in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
One of the most remarkable families in the early history of the team were the Shevill sisters. Fernie Blade (née Shevill) played against England in the first Test at Brisbane in 1934–35, and her twin Rene Shevill appeared in the next two. Another sister, Essie Shevill, played in all three of those matches, and her twin Lily Shevill also played for New South Wales.
In 2003 the then Women's Cricket Australia (WCA), and the then Australia Cricket board (ACB) merged to form a 1 national cricket board which is now known as, Cricket Australia which remains to this day. This merger in boards has been a positive influence on Women's Cricket as it has provided more financial support, while also gathering more exposure for Women's Cricket
Former Captain Belinda Clark has been one of the most influential figures in Australian Women's Cricket history. In a career spanning 14 years She was the captain of the National Women's team while also contributing in an off field role as the chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia. In 2014 Belinda Clark was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame alongside Male Cricketer Mark Waugh
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