THE Australian Southern Stars are on top of the world - literally.
A dominant 114-run over the West Indies in yesterday's Women's World Cup final in Mumbai means Aussie captain, Queenslander Jodie Fields, and her team have now completed an all-conquering hat-trick.
They are now the proud holders of the World Cup, World Twenty20 Cup and the Ashes for the first time.
The achievement matches that of arch rivals England, who in 2009 won the World Cup in Australia before winning the World Twenty20 Cup and defending the Ashes later that year.
"It's a big achievement, one that we're very proud of," Fields, the Queensland Fire captain said.
"Winning two World Cups in the space of four of months is a great piece of history for Australian cricket."
Australia scored 7-259 after winning the toss and dismissed West Indies, making their maiden appearance in the final, for 145 in the 44th over.
Player-of-the-match Jess Cameron smashed two sixes and eight fours in her 76-ball 75 before dual football /cricket international Ellyse Perry ripped the heart out of the Windies top order.
The pace bowler, who had earlier scored 25 of 22 balls when she combined Fields (36 off 38) in an unbroken stand of 50 off 40 balls, took 3-2 in a 10-ball spell before finishing with 3 for 19 off 10 overs.
An impressive performance given that Perry had missed the past three games with an ankle injury.
The Southern Stars has now won the World Cup six times - two more than the men's team - and Fields knew it.
"It's good to get one up on the men for once, but to be honest, they've been a great support throughout the tournament for our team," she said.
Fields said the next job to complete was defending the Ashes in a one-off Test match against England in Wormsley in August.
"We'll go home, have a well-earned rest and then we'll be able to focus on that Ashes tour," she said.
"There are not many Test matches that we get to play at the moment, so that's a big thing for international women's cricket."
The Aussie line-up will not include off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar anymore after the 33-year-old announced her retirement yesterday.
Sthalekar, who took 2-20 and wrapped up the win with by taking a stunning catch to dismiss the last West Indian batter, made her international debut in 2001 and went on to play in eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 Women's T20 International matches.
She was the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs.
"To finish my international career by playing in a successful World Cup in the country of my birth is quite special for me," Sthalekar said.
Women's World Cup winners
- 2013 - Australia
- 2009 - England
- 2005 - Australia
- 2000 - New Zealand
- 1997 - Australia
- 1993 - England
- 1988 - Australia
- 1982 - Australia
- 1978 - Australia
- 1973 - England
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