The Australian women’s cricket team has matched the world record-breaking winning streak of the men’s side, destroying New Zealand by 232 runs and breaking a slew of records on its way to a 21st consecutive ODI victory.
No Meg Lanning, no Ellyse Perry, no worries for the Aussies, who set the Kiwis a target of 325 – the biggest total at Allan Border Field – and registered their biggest win against New Zealand, who buckled in the face of a world-record run chase.
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With captain Lanning sidelined by hamstring soreness, the Kiwis may have fancied their chances but met the same fate as every opponent Australia has faced since 2018.
After being sent in to bat by Kiwi captain Sophie Devine, the Aussies gave a glimpse to the future – and how difficult any opponent will find it to break their winning run – when they elevated 18-year-old Annabel Sutherland to become the country’s youngest ever No.3.
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The victory handed Australia a clean sweep of the Rose Bowl series and a 5-1 start to the COVID-19 impacted summer after their single T20 loss to the Kiwis in the final match of the series.
With the international schedule under a COVID cloud, the next ODI fixture is not set in concrete but a tour of New Zealand is likely early next year, when they will be out to claim the record outright after Wednesday’s ninth consecutive win against the Kiwis.
A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
Sutherland made a stylish 35 from 56 balls before taking a key wicket opening the bowling with Megan Schutt to join an impressive list of players Perry, Karen Rolton and Jess Jonassen to have batted at three and opened the bowling.
“It’s obviously nice to get that opportunity, not in great circumstances with Meg being out but I feel pretty honoured to get that opportunity at No.3 do I just wanted to go out and make the most of it,” Sutherland told Channel 7.
Teen star Annabel Sutherland launches a shot to the boundary. Picture: Patrick Hamilton/AFPSource:AFP
“It’s quite a tricky wicket to get in on but once you’re in you can cash in.”
And she is not the only young gun in the record-breaking line-up, with Ashleigh Gardner, 23, Sophie Molineux, 22 and Georgia Wareham, 21, also playing on Wednesday.
HEALY BACK IN THE GROOVE
After making 47 runs in her two trips to the crease in the opening matches of the Rose Bowl series, Alyssa Healy played with great intent in game three, setting the foundation for the Aussies’ big score in a 144-run opening stand with stand-in captain Rachael Haynes.
While Haynes finished with 96 to pick up the player of the series, Healy’s 87 at a stroke rate of 100 set the tone for the attacking Aussie innings and rewarded a power of hard work in the pre-season.
“But my job’s to go out there and take the bowling on and (I did that with) probably just one too many in the end but at least we got off to a really good start,” said Healy, who also finished with a skilful stumping.
Originally published asStars on cusp of eclipsing Punter’s ODI Invincibles
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