No Meg Lanning? No Ellyse Perry? Even as the Australian women’s cricket team were without their star players in the third match of the Rose Bowl series in Brisbane, they still managed to pull off their most impressive win over New Zealand ever, and equal a world record for a consecutive streak of 21 wins in one-day internationals.
The women’s team now shares this world record with Ricky Ponting’s legendary 2003 men’s national side. It has shot the team to an unparalleled level, leaving the rest of the women’s cricket world strides behind. It also shows why this team is one of the best sporting sides Australia has seen, ever.
The 232 run victory over the New Zealand White Ferns saw Rachael Haynes step in as captain in Lanning’s absence. She opened the batting with partner Alyssa Healy, scoring a dominant 96 runs, with Healy scoring 87.
18-year-old Annabel Sutherland was elevated, stepping in to bat at number 3, making a steady 35 runs. She became the youngest player ever to bat first drop for Australia in any format, men’s or women’s.
As was evident today, Australia’s incredible depth of professional players not only leads to an array of young talent ready to step up to international level, but players such as 33 year old Rachael Haynes in the form of their life.#AUSvNZ— hypocaust (@_hypocaust) October 7, 2020
In 50 overs, the Australians had scored 5-325, a daunting number for New Zealand to follow. Indeed, it was the largest score ever racked up against them.
Each of Australia’s bowlers then put on a show, with Sophie Molineux, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt taking two wickets each.
This trans-Tasman series has evidenced the incredible depth and versatility of the World Cup winning Australian side. Now, it seems only a matter of time before they surpass the 2003 men’s cricket side, holding the one day international winning record on their own.
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