Home cup beckoning for our star cricket all rounder
CRICKET: After a win in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday in the West Indies, Warwick all rounder Delissa Kimmince has the chance to go for 2020 T20 World Cup glory at home in another 15 months.
While many world cups in sport are held every four years, women's cricket has a shorter time between cups.
The next T20 World Cup will be a stand-alone tournament and the Aussies will be aiming to win their first home World Cup in more than three decades.
Less than one hour after winning the cup on Sunday, Australia's Southern Stars players were setting their sights on 2020.
The last cup in Australia was in 2009 when the Southern Stars came fourth. Delissa and Ellyse Perry are the two survivors from the 2009 cup in the current Australian team.
Delissa had earlier debuted for Australia during a 2007-2008 Southern Stars tour to New Zealand at age 18.
She took some time out from cricket from 2009 before returning on the English county scene and then with Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire.
Kimmince was starring as a batter in England and returned to big time cricket as a genuine all-rounder.
The Australian team is travelling home by Great Britain and Dubai and will be in Melbourne this afternoon to prepare for a round of Big Bash cricket in Melbourne.
Delissa's father and one of her early coaches Peter Kimmince said his daughter had spoken about the busy time ahead for Southern Stars cricketers.
"She is over the moon that they won the cup but told me she was tired the next day as the Australians had never played so late in the night,” he said.
"The game only started at 8pm and due to that, there was a lot of dew on the ball. The Australians changed the ball once and the English team changed it three times.”
Peter said he was happy with her 0-10 in three overs.
"She had a caught behind but they didn't go upstairs for a review. TV replays showed the ball hit the bottom of the bat,” Peter said.
"Delissa missed a caught and bowled but it would have been a blinder due to the speed the ball was going.”
Peter and wife Suellen are now working in Western Australia and can't wait to meet up with Delissa when she is preparing for a Boxing Day game at the new Perth stadium.