Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath continues to rise, taking batting average to 247

Tahlia McGrath continued her stunning form with the bat, smashing 70 runs on 45 balls for Australia in a T20 win over Ireland ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old notched an impressive 140-point partnership with captain Meg Lanning, helping Australia to an impressive 4-182 tally.

Ireland could only reach 7-119 in their innings, with three of Australia’s bowlers taking two wickets apiece.

Despite being versatile, McGrath wasn’t needed on the ball but certainly made an impact with the bat.

Her performance earned her a fourth player of the match award in just her eighth international T20 match.

McGrath’s power batting display also saw his average increase to 247, with a strike rate of 156 over his five innings in the crease.

The Adelaide-born player – who had yet to be released in the format until Thursday – refused to draw attention to herself after another fine display.

Instead, she credited captain Meg Lanning’s attitude for helping her feel comfortable in the middle.

“I love punching with Meg and if there’s one punch I could steal from her, it would be that leg kick for six years. It’s amazing,” McGrath said.

“I always feel so calm when I’m at the fold with her, she makes things happen.”

Australia’s win over Ireland was their second consecutive victory in this Tri-Nation 20 series, currently top of the standings with 10 points.

Pakistan trail with six points, while Ireland remain uninterested.

Green and Gold will play their final match of the series against Pakistan on Saturday before traveling to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, where they are heavy favorites to win gold in the inaugural event.

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