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The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars depart Australia for Sri Lanka early this evening to defend their ICC Women's World Twenty20 title.
The ICC Women's World Twenty20 will be played alongside the men's tournament with pool matches taking place in Galle and the semi-final and Final being played as double-headers with the men's tournament in Colombo.
Captain Jodie Fields said the side was looking forward to getting to Sri Lanka.
"We have prepared really well for this tournament and the training camp we had in Sri Lanka last month was extremely valuable and has set us up well for the conditions we will face once we get there.
"We know the wickets will be dry and generally slower but are very spin friendly which will be great for our spin attack," she said.
Fields said Australia's pool was going to be challenging.
"We have England in our draw who we know are a very strong side with a solid top batting order. India and Pakistan are also proud cricketing nations who will be used to the conditions in Sri Lanka and will be difficult to beat.
"Heading into this tournament as defending champions always adds a little bit of extra pressure but we are excited about getting over there and starting our campaign off positively," Fields said.
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