Western Storm duo Smriti Mandhana and Anya Shrubsole were named in the Women’s World Cup Team of the Tournament.
Shrubsole secured her place in a World Cup’s best XI for the second time.
She previously featured in 2017 following her dramatic death bowling that led England to their first 50-Over World Cup success at Lord’s.
Mandhana had an impressive summer in the Kia Super League, which continued in the Caribbean, her Indian side could not progress past the semi-final stage, losing by eight wickets to England.
Two other Western Storm players featured in the tournament which took place in the West Indies.
The host nation captain and Storm all-rounder Stafanie Taylor saw her side fall to eventual champions Australia by 71 runs in the semi-final.
England captain Heather Knight fell just short with her side losing by eight wickets in the final.
Another Storm player in the form of Fran Wilson was a late call up to the England squad as an injury replacement although she did not make an appearance for The Three Lions.
Of the four Storm players to feature Mandhana finished the World Cup with 178 runs from five innings, earning her an average of 35.60 in conditions that were not the most batting friendly. The Indian starlet also maintained an impressive strike rate of 125.35 making her the tournament’s third highest scorer.
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The 22-year-old’s standout performance was the 83 she scored off 55 balls against Australia, once again showing the sort of form that means every Storm fan will be hoping she returns in 2019.
England pace bowler Shrubsole finished the tournament with seven wickets for only 88 runs. Her hat-trick against South Africa saw her end with an impressive bowling average of 12.57.
Shrubsole conceded an average of only 4.88 runs from her 18 overs. With bat in hand she took to the crease twice scoring 34 runs at an average of 17, maintaining a healthy strike rate of 91.89.
Knight, having led England since 2016, her captaincy alone has clearly been essential to recent successes. Shown through winning the 50-over World Cup in 2017 and reaching the recent T20 final, her leadership qualities are evident
The 27-year-old personal performance at the World Cup saw her scoring 56 runs from four innings with an average of 28.00. Two undefeated innings helped boost her average, while maintaining a healthy strike rate of 83.58.
Knight also contributed in the bowling department delivering four overs in three innings, with all three of her wickets coming in the semi-final, finishing with an economy of 5.25 and a remarkable strike rate of 8.00.
Despite the disappointment of not leading England to a win in the final, the added experience of captaining at the highest level will only benefit the Storm in coming seasons.
The final Storm player to feature in the West Indies was the host nation’s star player Taylor.
The 27-year-old was below her best with the bat, managing only 86 runs at an average of 17.20. She fell for two golden ducks one of which to her Storm team mate Shrubsole.
As an all-rounder, Taylor bowled 15.4 overs in total, taking eight wickets for 82 runs including a match winning four for 12 against South Africa.
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Western Storm Head Coach, Trevor Griffin, recently spoke to the Storm website about preparations for the upcoming season:
“Most of our international players have been at the World T20 whilst the non Internationals returned to work or college. After a few weeks’ break at the end of a hectic season, training’s now back on the schedule and they’ve been working through their Strength & Conditioning programs.
“We’re looking at running another Storm winter program from February, before the players focus on their County competitions in April. Then before you know it, it will be July and the Storm squad for 2019 will be together & getting ready for the KSL.
“Heather, Smriti, Stafanie & Rachel are all involved with the WBBL with Rachel and Stafanie here with me at Sydney. Heather & Smriti are at Hobart Hurricanes so it’s bound to be a great match when we all catch up again. It’s always good to have some friendly inter-Storm rivalry!”