When Austria and Germany hit the field for the first of their five women’s T20Is at Seebarn Cricket Ground earlier today, it marked the return of international women’s cricket after a gap of more than five months. The T20 World Cup final, where Australia beat India at MCG, was the last international fixture for women before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the game to a standstill.
Germany, who are ranked No. 27 in the format, last played a T20I series against Oman in February when they won 4-0, while Austria, ranked 50th, haven’t played since taking part in a quadrangular series in France in July-August last year, with Jersey and Norway the other teams. Austria finished third, only above Norway.
“We are excited to take the field again after a seemingly long break,” Anuradha Doddaballapur, the Germany captain, said in a statement released by ICC. “The girls have worked hard in the last few months to stay fit and to up their skills, so I am confident we will put on a good show. We look forward to some exciting games against Austria whom we haven’t faced in T20 cricket in a long time.”
Andrea Mae Zepeda, the Austria captain, said: “The team is really excited, and we are looking forward to some competitive cricket in Europe after months of lockdown due to Covid-19.
“Some teams could not take part in this tournament due to travel restrictions, but