Collective might of sport stands with host nation
BEHIND every Australian cricketer, is a team of sports stars cheering her on.
Sydney's top players from the NRLW, AFLW, Super Netball, Super W, W-League and WNBL gathered on Thursday to wish Australian vice captain Rachael Haynes good luck for Friday night's T20 Women's World Cup opener against India.
Haynes said it was special to celebrate the rise of women's sport with so many female athletes who are dominating their respective codes.
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"We're going through a societal evolution together, people really keen to see us progress and do well," Haynes said.
"Cricket might be ahead of some sports in terms of professionalisation, but it's a unique thing that we're out here supporting each other and we want the best for each other,"
"We even had a message from Ash Barty we saw in today's team meeting too."
GWS Giant Louise Stephenson and her team will jog to Friday night's match straight after a training session at Sydney Olympic Park.
"I'm a massive fan of what they do and I'm excited that it's (cricket) growing for them," Stephenson said.
"Female athletes really have a mutual respect for one another, for how we manage being semi-professional and having other jobs."
Waratah - and big cricket fan - Arabella McKenzie grew up playing cricket in Walgett and can't wait for the tournament to begin.
"I followed the tri-series, we lost to India but came back in the final to beat them. It'll be interesting to see how we go tomorrow," McKenzie said.
"I love Ellyse Perry, she's been my idol since I was a little kid, and Megan Schutt, she's a great bowler."
Haynes said the Australians are feeling confident but not cocky heading into the tournament's big opener, after losing to India earlier this month in a Tri Series match.
"They've (India) got some good players with real x-factor in their line up who can just take the game away from you," Haynes said
"They're a dangerous team, we've experienced that in past World Cups … but the advantage is that we've played each other really recently and we're confident in our game plan."