All sporting eyes were on Australia at the weekend, and so they should have been. But not just because of Andy Murray. Only hours before the great British hope took on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, another drama had played out in our sporting relations with Down Under, and one that showed our fortunes in an impressive light. England's women's netball team had completed a 3-0 whitewash of Australia – the world No 1 team. It is unclear what the BBC intended to say by screening the tennis on BBC1 and exiling the politics to BBC2 – is there anyone who cannot receive both channels? But with 160,000 women playing netball each week and participation on the rise, the victory over Australia should open a new offensive in the argument about television coverage of women's sport. With the domestic Superleague starting next month, let's hope we see something of our winning women.
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