Aussie cricketers chasing big target at World Cup
CRICKET: Australia may be one game away from the World Cup final but they still have some things they want to achieve outside of bringing home the trophy.
As world women's cricket continues to develop, the Aussies came in to the tournament knowing targets of 300 could be needed to ensure victory. And though they have chased in the majority of their matches, the two times they opened the batting Australia fell just short of that mark, posting scores of 290 and 270, while finalists England have smashed through it twice with a 377 and 373.
Allrounder Jess Jonassen, who comes in at nine for Australia but is a No.3 bat for WBBL side Brisbane Heat, said 300 is still something they want to achieve but it's up to those further down the order to go on with the innings.
"Absolutely. We've got the depth in our batting line-up to be able to do that," Jonassen said.
"I know that (opener) Nicole Bolton's spoken recently about wanting to push on the innings that she's made.
"Our top order's doing a really good job, now it's for us in the middle order and tail-end as well to kind of back them up if we're required.
"We've got the calibre of players to be able to reach that, it's just a matter of going out there and nailing our processes and doing that."
Australia beat India by eight wickets a week ago but is conscious of a side out for retribution and with the talent to cause an upset in Thursday's semi-final.
Captain Mithali Raj is the leading run scorer in women's ODI cricket and the fourth highest at the World Cup with 356, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Ekta Bisht rank among the tournament's best bowlers.
Jonassen said Australia will need to be on their game as India's emphatic win over New Zealand to turnaround their loss to the Aussies showed they can cause some trouble.
"Every side's dangerous. We know that they have a few match-winners in their side, and you saw with a couple of the innings from their batters during that game against New Zealand," Jonassen said.
"They had a left armer come in and take a five-for I think (Gayakwad with 5-15).
"We're quite wary of that but at the same time as making sure that we focus on ourselves and what we can do."