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'Get my application for back-up dancer in!' Players react to Katy Perry announcement

Gathering at the MCG to mark 100 days until the Women’s T20 World Cup begins, Australian stars Sophie Molineux and Georgia Wareham were among the first to react to the news that Katy Perry will be a part of the history-making final on March 8, 2020.

Joined at the ground by England’s Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt, as well as Kiwi fast-bowler Lea Tahuhu, Molineux acknowledged the impact of the announcement would be ‘massive’.

“She’s world class and we’re all as players just really excited to be a part of a campaign that has her involved.”

“I’m just going to now sort out the application process to be a back-up dancer!”

England’s Beaumont was also keen to get up close with Perry, albeit in a more familiar environment.

“I think it’s great that someone like Katy Perry will come and perform in front of us… maybe we’ll get her down to a net or something.”

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Performing both before the match and during the post-game celebrations, the US superstar could well be the second most popular Perry on the ground if Australian allrounder Ellyse Perry and her team are successful in making the final.

After pulling off an outstanding run-out against England during the 2018 World T20 final, Australian bowler Georgia Wareham is excited about the prospect of playing in a home World Cup.

“Anytime you get to play cricket for your country is pretty special but I think doing it on home turf would be even more so. I think having that win at the [2018] World Cup gives us a little bit of confidence coming into the next World Cup but I guess it doesn’t really mean much until we get there.”

To be held on International Women's Day, the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final is aiming to set a new world record for attendance at a women's sporting fixture. The current record crowd of 90,185 was set at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final in Pasadena, California.

Speaking of the attempt, Beaumont said, “it’s an incredible stadium, one of the best in the world, so it’s extremely exciting to know that the goal is to sell it out and hopefully it’ll be a big final. Maybe [between] England and Australia!”

Keen to avoid a repeat of the Black Caps’ 2015 Cricket World Cup final loss against Australia, Tahuhu is hoping her team will have better success at the MCG in 2020.

“I did watch that final and… I think just seeing that and the amount of people that were here, it really does give you something that you aspire to. I’m really looking forward to hopefully having the opportunity to do so.”

Starting Friday 21 February 2020, hosts and defending champions Australia will take on India in a blockbuster opening match at Sydney Showground Stadium. This match will be followed by action-packed festivals of cricket, firstly in Perth, then Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, with five group matches to be played in each city. Blockbuster double-header semi-finals at the iconic SCG, featuring the four best teams in action on the one day, will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Tickets to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup are available now via t20worldcup.com, starting at just $5 for children and $20 for adults.