MELBOURNE, October 7
The peerless Australian women’s cricket team thrashed New Zealand by 232 runs in Brisbane today to match the world record 21-game winning streak in One-day Internationals set by Ricky Ponting’s men’s side in 2003.
Stand-in skipper Rachael Haynes (96) and fellow opener Alyssa Healy (87) helped the home side set an imposing 325/5, the team’s highest total against New Zealand, before the visitors crumbled to be all out for 93 at Allan Border Field.
The win, also the biggest in ODIs against the White Ferns, ensured Australia swept the series 3-0 after they had already beaten Sophie Devine’s team 2-1 in the leadup T20 series.
“It’s a really special effort, especially over a long period of time,” said regular captain Meg Lanning, who missed the match due to a hamstring strain. — Reuters