Which team will rule the ongoing tussle between Australia and New Zealand Women?

In the world of women’s cricket, the trans-Tasmanian rivalry between Australia and New Zealand has arguably been one of the exciting contests over the years. At present, Australia is sitting comfortably at the top of the ICC Rankings for T20Is and ODIs, while New Zealand ranks fourth and fifth respectively.

Australia Women's tour of New Zealand 2021
Australia Women’s tour of New Zealand 2021. PC: Twitter

 

The two teams are currently playing a bilateral series in New Zealand. They will play three T20Is and as many ODIs between March 28 and April 10. They played exactly the same number of matches in September-October last year, the only difference being the venue, which was Australia.

This year’s series has already kick-started with Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. With everything to play for in the remaining games, the hosts would like to come out strong as they take on the mighty Aussies ahead in the series.

The 3rd match of the T20 International series between New Zealand Women and Australian Women will be played on the 1st of April at Eden Park Auckland, where the series will be decided. Despite the great comeback in the 2nd T20I by the White Ferns, the Aussie Women team is very strong, they won the first match without many complications and were close to doing the same in the second game, so according to SportsBettingDime.com, they expect the Australia team to win the game and the series.

 

Darcie Brown in action. PC: AusWomenCricket / Twitter
Darcie Brown in action. PC: AusWomenCricket / Twitter

 

Last year, Australia dominated New Zealand with a 2-1 T20I series win and a 3-0 ODI series win. Being at the receiving end of a crushing defeat, New Zealand would look for redemption and settle the scores when it hosts Australia.

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Looking at some of the interesting statistics, the two teams have played 43 T20Is and neither of the teams seems to have an upper hand over the other as is evident from their win-loss ratio. Australia has won 22 out of 43 games, while New Zealand is not too far behind with 20 wins from 43 matches. From these numbers, it is difficult to choose the clear favorite for the T20I series. But going by the current form, it is likely that Australia will emerge victorious in the three-match T20I series. However, it is important to note that Australia’s performance in the shortest format in New Zealand has not been extraordinarily good. Prior to this series, Australia toured New Zealand in 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2015-16 and won six out of 14 games, with New Zealand winning seven.

Australia in New Zealand (T20Is)

 

Particulars Australia New Zealand NR/Abandoned Total matches
2007-08 1 1
2009-10 3 2 5
2010-11 2 2 1 5
2015-16 1 2 3
Total 6 7 1 14

 

On the other hand, in ODI cricket, Australia enjoys dominance over New Zealand as the former has emerged victorious in 96 out of 129 ODIs, while the White Ferns have only managed to win 26 matches. These numbers clearly show Australia is a far better ODI side than New Zealand. Despite playing in their home conditions, the White Ferns will find the Australians, who are currently firing on all cylinders, too hot to handle. Prior to this series, Australia toured New Zealand in 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2015-16 and 2016-17, winning 27 out of 44 games, with New Zealand winning 15.

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Australian Women’s Cricket Team. PC: Getty Images


Australia in New Zealand (ODIs)

Particulars Australia New Zealand NR/Abandoned Total matches
1985-86 1 1 1 3
1987-88 3 3
1989-90 2 1 3
1993-94 1 2 3
1996-97 4 1 5
1998-99 1 2 3
2002-03 3 3
2007-08 3 2 5
2008-09 2 2 1 5
2009-10 3 2 5
2015-16 2 1 3
2016-17 2 1 3
Total 27 15 2 44

Apart from these T20I and ODI series, there were other series that were played half in Australia and half in New Zealand. However, in this article, we have considered only the series played completely in New Zealand.

Overall record

Particulars Australia New Zealand NR/Abandoned Total matches
T20Is 22 20 1 43
ODIs 96 31 2 129

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