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Aussie women eyeing biggest cricket feat


Australia’s all-conquering women’s cricket team is on the verge of arguably their finest ever achievement.

Granted, there will be no crowd of 86,000 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on the north island of New Zealand on Sunday.

And unlike last year’s headline event at the MCG for the Twenty20 World Cup final, Katy Perry won’t perform on stage before or after the match.

Nor will there be the build up, the headlines or the party that came with March 8, 2020.

But perhaps a more significant record stands to fall on Sunday than any three-week World Cup can present.

A win over New Zealand would take Australia’s run of victories in one-day cricket to 22, and overtake Ricky Ponting’s 2003 side for the longest winning streak in any format of international men’s or women’s cricket.

It’s a run that shows dominance for over three years, with Australia’s last defeat way back in October 2017.

“I think they’re difficult to compare (those achievements), but I do, I see (the argument),” Australia’s coach Matthew Mott said.

“The thing about World Cups is not not always the best team wins.

“You can go through and, as, as we’ve nearly found out we could have been washed out in that semi-final (against South Africa) it would have been a very different story.

“So certainly internally from our point of view how we mark ourselves, being able to consistently win in different conditions, is something we rate really highly.

“But they are vastly different experience. I don’t think you can beat the euphoria of winning a final, particularly the MCG in front of 87,000.”

Mott’s team already hold the record for longest women’s ODI streak, after surpassing the previous mark 17 back in October 2019.

Australia’s coach believes this current run will now be difficult for any women’s side to beat, given the evening of the playing field.

It’s also why he likes the ICC’s one-day world championship, where points are awarded for all home-and-away matches and Australia won the most recent edition easily.

But while that T20 success will continue to be the most memorable, the stature of their current run may only dawn on the players well into the future.

“Yeah, it is (a case of that),” he said.

“Because I think I’ve been around five or six years now and we’ve always had a very strong team.

“But if there was one criticism I think we sometimes took the foot off a bit as well when we won a series.

“I think back to the home Ashes (in 2017) where we allowed England back to level the series.

“The series was very unsatisfying so I think if that’s sort of motivated the team.”



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