IN FORM: Australian fast bowler Megan Schutt has claimed five wickets at ICC Women's World Cup 2017 so far.
IN FORM: Australian fast bowler Megan Schutt has claimed five wickets at ICC Women's World Cup 2017 so far. SUPPLIED

Bowlers leading Australia's Women's World Cup campaign

IF you've listened to the talk about the Australian cricket team, you'll know their threat lies in their deep batting line up.

Any side that can bring the likes of the big hitting Ashleigh Gardner in at eight or nine is spoilt for choice with the bat.

But plenty of credit for them being three from three at the World Cup can definitely go to their bowlers.

Four of the Aussie bowling contingent sit in the top 10 wicket takers for the tournament, double that of any other nation featured there.

India and South Africa are the only other nations to have more than one bowler in the top 10, but considering the Proteas demolished the West Indies on Sunday - Dane van Niekerk taking 4-0 as they dismissed them for 48 - the all-round effort from Australia becomes all the more impressive.

Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry all have five wickets thus far, with Jonassen delivering figures of 5-72 from just two matches, while spinner Kristen Beams has 4-79 from two games as well.

After reliance on spin in recent years, seamer Ellyse Perry, who bowled some aggressive stints during their win over New Zealand last Sunday, said the work Australia has been doing with the ball is starting to come to fruition. 

"[Against New Zealand] was a really great performance. Jess Jonassen, it was really great to have her back in the side and I thought she bowled really well,” said Perry, who took 5-99 in her first two matches.

"The fact that we managed to restrict them to 220, which is probably a bit underpar on that ground, was in a large part due to some great efforts from our bowlers.

"I thought our spin unit was really good. (Fast bowler) Megan Schutt was really good in her role as well.

Australian spinner Kristen Beams has 4-79 from two games at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017,
Australian spinner Kristen Beams has 4-79 from two games at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, TRACEY NEARMY

Australia has been changing their line up each match to best suit the conditions and opposition and continues to choose the most appropriate XI from their squad of 15.

Having a variety of bowlers gives them the flexibility to do so, says Perry.

"We've got really balanced attack at the moment. We have three different varieties of spin, Megan (Schutt) who bowls the ball in and myself who tries to shape it away,” she said.

"We have some deliberate plans and tactics to batters who we've played a lot against.

"Jess Jonassen is really handy there in power play a lot of the time. It's really about surmising how it's going each match and take it from there.”

The Aussies next play Pakistan on Wednesday night.



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