Celebrating the end of World Cup in Sydney
Celebrating the end of World Cup in Sydney

The final had long been won, but one England player was still on the pitch, practising her batting for fun with a group of mates

An intimate area for the World Cup final
An intimate area for the World Cup final

  The SCG is staging a press conference for the England and New Zealand captains ahead of Sunday’s final

NZ and Pakistan fans make some noise
NZ and Pakistan fans make some noise

  Team bonding can take many forms

Greg and Ian do their bit
Greg and Ian do their bit

The past week or so has shown that women’s cricket is in good hands in Sydney, with host clubs enthusiastically embracing the opportunity to stage World Cup matches

Snippets from Sydney
Snippets from Sydney

As a Brit, I’m not alone in wanting to see the Sydney Opera House

A St Patrick's Day out at cricket
A St Patrick's Day out at cricket

 

Is there a World Cup on?
Is there a World Cup on?

Bankstown is as pretty as promised, with a cream picket fence dotted with official sponsors’ boards, and plenty of grassy banks to choose from

For love, not money
For love, not money

Despite encouraging performances on and off the field, the women's game still retains an amateur air about it

Victorious on and off the field
Victorious on and off the field

Between marquee events in 2011, the women's sides, West Indies in particular, competed hard to show they well and truly belong on the international circuit

Rose Bowl resumes after earthquake
Rose Bowl resumes after earthquake

Australia and New Zealand's Rose Bowl Series recommences on Sunday, four months after it was dramatically halted when the sides were caught up in the fatal Christchurch earthquake

The year of reckoning
The year of reckoning

The women proved that holding a joint World Twenty20 was a good idea and then went on to break all sorts of batting records in the format

A year to savour
A year to savour

Women's cricket, led by the England side, broke new ground and found new followers this year

West Indies knocking on the big league
West Indies knocking on the big league

With West Indies' victory against England at St Kitts, has the women's game finally got another major player on the park? Are the Awesome Foursome now the Big Five?

A chance for women to shine
A chance for women to shine

Sharing a tournament is an unprecedented opportunity offered by the ICC, which could lead to bigger crowds and better conditions

England relish favourites tag
England relish favourites tag

The strength-in-depth of the talent pool has left England a constantly dangerous opposition

The mothers of invention
The mothers of invention

England's women won an ICC trophy last week - which their men have failed to do in nine attempts. A look at 11 occasions where the women beat the men to the tape

King of swing falls for the girls
King of swing falls for the girls

Wasim Akram is in Australia to commentate on the Women's World Cup and now he knows all about the top women and their rankings

Twenty20 for all women's World Cup sides
Twenty20 for all women's World Cup sides

The eight teams that participated in the 2009 women's World Cup will not only play in the World Twenty20 later this year in England but also the 2010 World Twenty20 in West Indies

Shaw proves a point
Shaw proves a point

A modest Nicki Shaw, named Player of the Match, put her bowling down to luck, while crediting the opening pace bowler Katherine Brunt for building up the pressure ahead of her own spell

We've repaid those who had faith in us - Edwards
We've repaid those who had faith in us - Edwards

Charlotte Edwards has at last won a World Cup by leading England to their third overall title following a very successful year