For many of the Australian women’s cricket team, celebrating a World Cup win with Katy Perry will be a moment to tell the grandchildren about.
The girls in green and gold thumped India by 85 runs in the T20 decider in Melbourne then let their hair down by singing and dancing on stage with Perry as she provided the post-match entertainment for thousands of fans at the MCG.
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But unfortunately for one key member of the Aussie camp, she’ll have to rely on second-hand tales about what it was like to get down and boogie with the pop sensation.
Vice-captain Rachael Haynes was denied the chance to rub shoulders with Perry — or be part of teammate Ash Gardner’s iconic selfie — because she was hauled away by drug testers just as the after-party kicked into gear.
“I am absolutely spewing about (missing the concert) because I had to do a drugs test,” she said on SEN Breakfast the morning after Australia’s big win.
“The rest of my teammates got up on stage … I saw the photos and the doctor came in and said, ‘How good was it getting up and stage?’ and I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’
“I think the girls had a great time and it was awesome that she (Perry) allowed them to go up.”
Awesome photos and videos emerged of the Aussies revelling in the wake of their fifth T20 World Cup triumph and it sure looked like Perry was enjoying herself as she shared the limelight with the newly-minted champions.
Cricinfo’s Daniel Brettig said on Twitter: “These shots of the victorious Aust team with Katy Perry will go round the world. And probably get Molly Strano a reality TV gig.”
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Ash Gardner at the front made sure to capture the moment forever, but Rachel Haynes was nowhere to be seen.Source:AAP
Sophie Molineux certainly made the most of her stage time with Katy Perry.Source:Getty Images
Injured all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who missed the final after hurting her hamstring in the group stages, was getting into the spirit while Strano put in her nomination for best-on-ground in the after-party stakes with some slick dance moves.
Haynes said Strano led the way as she reflected on celebrations which stretched into the early hours of Monday.
“We actually ended up staying at the MCG well into the morning to be honest,” Haynes said.
“I’m not quite sure what time we left … once all the lights were out we went back out in the middle and spent some time out there and that was pretty cool.
“Molly Strano is always the one that leads the way and she was pretty funny last night so that was pretty fun.”
… you dance some more ??
Loving the moves @MollyStrano ? #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/K7t8SrNQmJ
LANNING ENTERS RAREFIED AIR
Meg Lanning is used to winning, but leading Australia to a fifth T20 World Cup title in front of 86,174 fans is the pinnacle of her career.
She joined Michael Clarke and Lyn Larsen as Australian cricketers to have captained a winning World Cup campaign on home soil.
Lanning’s team saved its best for last with a crushing 85-run final win against India at the MCG on a landmark evening for women’s sport. While it won in commanding style, just making the decider was the hard part.
Lanning said nerves played a big role following the Aussies’ tournament-opening loss to India. They escaped with close wins, before surviving Sydney rain and a brave South African side in the semi-finals.
“When they said they wanted to get 90,000 people to the MCG for a World Cup final, I must admit I was a little bit sceptical,” Lanning said. “This day is certainly the best of my career so far.
“That New Zealand game and the semi-final was the most nervous and sick I’ve felt playing the game of cricket. Ever.
“I guess to get through and coming into today, obviously everyone was a little bit on edge but it just happened.
“It was perfect right from the first ball. For some reason today, I’m not sure what was it but everyone came in calm.”
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