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Women have played cricket in Australia since at least the 1870s, with organised competitions beginning at state level in the early twentieth century. The Australian Women's Cricket Council was formed in 1931, and a national competition was launched.
As with most amateur sports during the 1930s, women's cricket was not well-funded.
The council, however, was determined to move women's cricket into the Test arena and, with only 14 shillings in the coffers, invited England to tour Australia in 1934/35. The tour was a great success with matches drawing crowds of up to 5000 spectators in Sydney and Melbourne.
Today, Australia is one of 11 countries involved in international women's cricket competition.
The women's team played in the first World Cup One-Day series in 1973, two years before the men's series began, and has since won four World Cups.
By 2008, Australia was ranked first in the world in both Test and one-day cricket.
Right: Australian bowler Rene Farrell celebrates a wicket on debut in 2007 for the national women's team, the Southern Stars. Courtesy: Quinn Rooney, Getty Images.
Right: Emma Sampson, on far right (with headband), was in the wickets on her Test debut for Australia against England at Bowral in February 2008. Courtesy: Mark Nolan, Getty Images.
Watch the Australian Women's World Cup win, 2005 (MP4 698KB) duration 0: 17
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Transcript: Australian Women's World Cup win, 2005
NEWS READER: And in cricket Australia has thrashed India by a whopping 98 runs in the final of the Women's World Cup.
COMMENTATOR: And that's it, that's it. Nitschke bowls the ball that gives Australia victory. They win the World Cup, they win
the glory, they are happy, what a wonderful effort.