Aussie women’s cricket team records 21st straight win

Australian players celebrate their victory in the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at Alan Border Field in Brisbane. -Photo: AFP

Brisbane: The Australian women’s team beat New Zealand by 232 runs Wednesday to record its 21st consecutive win in one-day international cricket and equal a world mark set by Ricky Ponting’s Australian men’s team in 2003.

Even with skipper Meg Lanning on the sidelines and star all-rounder Ellyse Perry not playing the series because of injury, the top-ranked Australian women produced their biggest ODI win over New Zealand to cap the milestone.

The uncertain wait over when Lanning’s lineup will get the chance to break the record starts now, with doubts over a tour to Australia by India’s women’s squad this southern hemisphere summer and a trip to New Zealand because of travel restrictions in place for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unlike Ponting’s men’s team, which won 21 straight ODIs within five months, including the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, scheduling means the women’s team has had to remain unbeaten since October 2017 to match the mark.

The winning streak started in India in March 2018 and also included series wins over Pakistan, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The Australians clinched this three-game ODI home series against New Zealand with a narrow win in game two but, with the milestone in mind, didn’t ease up at all after being sent in to bat in game three.

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