There were comical scenes before Australia's T20 cricket clash with Pakistan on Thursday when the sprinklers came on at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. Players from both teams were getting ready to start the game when the sprinklers sprung to life and started watering the ground near the centre square.
Thankfully they weren't on for too long and didn't cause too much of a delay, but fans and commentators were left fuming over the gaffe. Anna Lanning, the sister of Australia captain Meg, lashed out on social media and said the sprinklers would never go off before a men's game.
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"Absolutely disgraceful," she tweeted. "WOULD NOT happen at a men’s international game."
ABC journalist Tom Wildie tweeted: "It's just not good enough that the sprinklers come on moments before an international cricket match. Or any professional match."
Absolutely disgraceful. WOULD NOT happen at a men’s international game https://t.co/ndSsFx2XbY
— Anna Lanning (@annalanning) January 26, 2023
— Tom Wildie (@tomwildie) January 26, 2023
When the game got underway the Aussies went about asserting their dominance, restricting Pakistan to 7-96. The hosts chased down the target in 12.4 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Beth Mooney made 46 from 29 balls at the top of the order, returning to the side after missing the first game of the series. Meg Lanning made 31 from 32 balls as the pair put on a 60-run partnership.
After an eight-wicket victory in the first game on Sunday, the Aussies have now secured the series win. It's the last series Australia will play before the T20 World Cup in South Africa, starting in February.
Lanning shared the ball around on Thursday, using nine different bowlers. Leg-spinner Alana King was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-10 from two overs after coming on in the middle of the innings.
King dropped Ayesha Naseem in the 13th over, but made up for it in the 14th when she trapped her plumb lbw for five. Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Jessica Jonassen, Grace Harris and Annabel Sutherland all took one wicket each.
Sutherland bowled four overs for the first time in a T20 international, picking up 1-15. Megan Schutt, who claimed 5-15 in the first game, bowled one over on Thursday and and went for 10 runs.
"It was just about getting some overs (under) some players' belts, bowling in different roles," Tahlia McGrath said after the game. "It's a real strength of ours, the depth, the amount of roles we can play. We go into that World Cup full of confidence."
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All-rounder Gardner had earlier expressed her disappointment in Cricket Australia's decision to schedule a match for January 26, describing it as a "day of hurt and mourning" for the Indigenous population. Cricket Australia has moved away from describing the day as Australia Day in recent years, but still went ahead with a match.
The Aussie players attended a smoking ceremony before the game and completed a walking tour of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington in Hobart. They also wore an Indigenous jersey, socks and wristbands for the match.
"We learned a lot. We really take pride educating ourselves in that area, everyone was ears wide open and just taking everything in," McGrath said.
"It's obviously a really sad and sensitive day for First Nations people and we tried to acknowledge that (on Thursday) and support and get those messages out there."
— Charlotte (@Ettolrahc01) January 26, 2023
— Justin Devine (@jdevine1974) January 26, 2023
That's not good. It looks muddy now.
Did they come on by accident?
— PaulDonGipps🔴⚫️🇦🇺🐝🐄 (@PaulDonGipps) January 26, 2023
Shocking for an international match. But then again it's not the most surprising thing we've seen on in Aussie international game today
— Emily Lacy (@starkidlacy) January 26, 2023
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