‘S**t we got lucky: Aussies go from world champs to self-isolation in weeks

Spearhead Megan Schutt’s summation of the highlight of her life, Australia’s recent Twenty20 World Cup final triumph, is as accurate as her bowling.

“S… we got lucky,” Schutt told AAP.

Three weeks ago, Schutt and her teammates were preparing for the most important game of their lives.

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On March 8, they rolled India in clinical fashion and rocked out with Katy Perry in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG and so many more around the world.

Now, they are self-isolating and trying to wrap their heads around ‘normal’ life in the COVID-19 pandemic which is threatening the men’s T20 World Cup in October.

There is currently great uncertainty for the side, who would currently be touring South Africa if not for the health crisis that has stopped world sport. But amid warnings that worse is to come and widespread job losses, the fast bowler feels lucky about the timing of the World Cup final and so many other things.

“I think back to rocking up to the SCG for our semi and seeing that field basically look like a lake and how sad the English were about their game being called off,” she said.

“It was fate we got on for our semi … and the same thing to complete that final.

“You do think about how close we came to having three years of marketing almost down the drain.” Schutt snared a career-best 4-18 against India.

“It was absolutely spectacular. I don’t think anything in my life, except for maybe the birth of a first child or something, is going to top that,” the 27-year-old said.

“I said to (wife) Jess, ‘I’m sorry babe but this tops the wedding, this is the best day of my life’.

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“It’s kind of surreal. The situation we’re all in now, it almost makes you forget about it in a way.”

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council board has discussed the potential impact of coronavirus on the sport’s forthcoming global events, including the men’s T20 World Cup.

ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said: “We continue to undertake a comprehensive business continuity and contingency planning exercise which will allow us to adapt to the rapidly evolving world in which we find ourselves. “The ICC management will continue our contingency planning around ICC events and will also work with Members to explore all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic.”

With Press Association

Originally published as‘S**t we got lucky: Aussies go from world champs to self-isolation in weeks

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