Australia Women Vs New Zealand Women Series Review—An All-Time great Australian team brushes aside a struggling White Ferns outfit, the home team. A few major moments in this series.
The return of Ellyse Perry, Australia Women breaking Ponting’s ODI streak, Kasperek’s 3-wicket over, and Ashleigh Gardner’s golden run were some of the highlights.
Results – Australia Women Vs New Zealand Women
T20I Series: Series Drawn 1-1
* Player of Match
- Australia Women won by 6 wickets*Ashleigh Gardner
- New Zealand Women won by 4 wickets*Frances Mackay
- No Result
|Player of Series||Australia Women||New Zealand Women|
|Most Runs||Ashleigh Gardner – 76 runs (2 inn)|
Best of 73*, 149.01 SR
|Amelia Kerr – 56 runs|
Best of 36, 90.32 SR
|Most Wickets||Jess Jonassen – 3 wickets|
Best of 3/26, 6.00 economy
|Frances Mackay – 3 wickets|
Best of 2/20, 6.12 economy
ODI Series: Australia Win 3-0
- Australia Women won by 6 wickets*Megan Schutt
- Australia Women won by 71 runs*Rachael Haynes
- Australia Women won by 21 runs (25 overs)*Alyssa Healy
|Player of Series||Australia Women|
|New Zealand Women|
|Most Runs||Alyssa Healy – 155 runs|
Best of 65, 51.66 average, 98.72 SR
|Lauren Down – 106 runs |
Best of 90, 35.33 average, 68.83 SR
|Most Wickets||Megan Schutt – 7 wickets|
Best of 4/32, 13.14 average, 4.18 economy
|Leigh Kasperek – 9 wickets|
Best of 6/46, 7.77 average, 4.66 economy
- Ellyse Perry finally came back since injuring herself in the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup. Before the pandemic hit. Although not back to her fluent self, she finished a couple of games with 23* and 56*. Bowling is still a worry though. In the 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is, she bowled a combined 7 overs with only one wicket to her name. With Alyssa Healy hitting form in the T20I series, good signs for Australia that their two best batters are getting back to their best.
- Ashleigh Gardner has been on a golden run in the past two years, hitting 3 T20I fifties (best of 93), including a 73* in this series. Also hit a 53* in an ODI and rolled her arm a few times for part-time off-spin.
- Jess Jonassen & Megan Schutt were the pick of this series with the ball. Jonassen’s 3 wickets in the T20I gave Australia the edge in the first T20I, while figures of 4/32, 1/38, & 2/22 earned Schutt the Player of the Series award in the ODI series. With 99 wickets (ODI) & 96 wickets (T20Is), she is on a verge of couple of records.
Nicola Carey (3/34 in 1st ODI), Rachel Haynes (87 in 2nd ODI) starred in a couple of games as well.
Also Read: What Can Ellyse Perry Not Do?
Speaking of records, let us talk about the big one. Meg Lanning has now led Australia to 24 consecutive ODI wins, regrouping after their 2017 WC defeat against India. They overtook Ricky Ponting’s 21 consecutive ODI wins in the great 2003 era.
This is a huge achievement for the Australian team, and it will take quite a dominant team to take over this record. I am saying this may last a couple of decades. CONGRATULATIONS TO Lanning and the rest of this Australian team.
New Zealand Women
- Leigh Kasperek was one of the only stand-outs from the Kiwi side in the ODIs. Although Australia swept the series, Kasperek took a 6-wicket haul, including 3 wickets in the same over in the 3rd ODI. Australia are really good, there is still room for improvement against spin.
- Frances Mackay’s show won New Zealand their only victory in the 2nd T20I of the series. Opening the bowling, her spell of 4-0-20-2 stalled Australia’s run-rate, but her courageous batting display won her praise. Mackay opened the batting as well and battled through an injury to score 46 (39). After her wicket, Kiwis collapsed from 81-2 in 12 overs to 101-6 when Amelia Kerr got out in 17.0 overs. Composed 30-run partnership between Maddy Green & Hannah Rowe took New Zealand off the last ball. Thriller.
- Breakout tour for Lauren Down. Only 75 runs in 10 innings prior to this tour, her 90 (134) set the platform for the White Ferns in the first ODI. Unfortunately, the lower order collapsed, and Australia women completed the record breaking streak.
|Australia Women||New Zealand Women|
|Emerging Player||Nicola Carey||Lauren Down|
|Surprise Package||Ashleigh Gardner, the all-rounder||Frankie Mackay|
|Broken Cricket Dream||Ellyse Perry’s bowling load||The White Ferns’ Declining form|
Where Do They Go From Here?
New Zealand Women tour England for 3 T20Is and 5 ODIs In September, while Australia do not have anything scheduled till the 2022 ODI World Cup next March (to be held in New Zealand).
That means, the next major tournament, is going to be the Hundred this summer in England. Will be a game-changer for women’s cricket.
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