Australia bag ‘The Don Award’ for their T20 World Cup triumph

Australia after winning their fifth T20 World Cup title. © Getty Images

The Australia cricket team has been awarded ‘The Don Award’ at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2020 Awards for their performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup where they defeated India in the final to be crowned the World Champions. 

Nick Hockley, the Cricket Australia Interim CEO, congratulated the team on receiving The Don Award, which – named after Sir Donald Bradman – is given to an Australian sportsperson or team who set an example through their performance and inspired the nation.

“The Australian Women’s Team is one of the most dominant and successful sporting teams this country has ever seen, and we’re so proud of what they continue to achieve individually and as a group,” Hockley said. 

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He added that to see them lift the T20 World Cup in front of 86,000 fans was a moment that the people around Australia will remember for a long time. 

After the loss against India in the opening game of the tournament, Australia gained momentum in the later stages of the league phase and reached the finals. 

“There’s no doubt they had to overcome plenty of hurdles to even get to that final, but to see them excel under pressure was a true show of the character and fight this team possesses.”

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Lauding the efforts of skipper Meg Lanning and her deputy Rachael Haynes, Hockley said, “it’s not easy for any team to achieve sustained success, but this team continues to find ways to take the game to a new level.”

He said that sport could unite and inspire people, adding, “we’re so proud of the Australian Women’s Team as role models both on and off the field.”

“On behalf of the Australian Women’s Team and Australian Cricket, I would like to thank Sport Australia Hall of Fame for this prestigious recognition,” Hockley concluded.