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What goes into hosting a successful tournament? The key elements would be fair pitches, a crisp format, and, if you're lucky, good weather. But unless there are strong performances to back up the other factors, you can be sure the tournament will be forgotten before the next breaking news.

The ninth women's World Cup passed all these tests, and even as the IPL's move stole its thunder, it can lay claim to being a successful event. The pitches, slower at the end of Australia's summer season, aided spin but did not let the bowlers dominate the batsmen; the two-week format allowed each side a minimum of four games; and the weather interrupted the tournament only once - on the opening day.

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