Sydney rain threatens Australia’s T20 WC defence
SYDNEY: Australia’s hopes of retaining the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in a blockbuster final on Sunday could fall foul of the Sydney weather, with heavy rain threatening to wash out Thursday’s semi-finals. A shock loss to India in their tournament opener means Australia finished second in Group A, so would be knocked out by Group B winners South Africa if their semi-final clash at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) was not completed. Unbeaten India take on England in the first of Thursday’s semi-finals at the SCG and would progress to Sunday’s final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) if a minumum of 10 overs a side were not possible because of the weather. Cricket Australia (CA) had spoken with the International Cricket Council about the possibility of moving the matches to a reserve day, but had been told it was not possible under tournament rules, CA chief Kevin Roberts said. “It’s not part of the playing conditions and we respect that,” Roberts told Melbourne’s SEN radio on Wednesday. - AP