After an interesting tussle between the trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand in the T20I series which saw a 1-1 draw with the final game abandoned, the action now moves to Mount Maunganui for the ODI series. The series saw Ellyse Perry becoming the most capped player in T20Is, with 123 T20Is to her name, beating Suzie Bates’ record of 122 appearances.
The ODI series promises to be as exciting with many records and milestones to be created. This article provides an insight of what figures to look forward to in this series.
1. Australia could be the team with the longest winning streak in ODIs among men or women:
The first record that could be toppled can happen in the first game itself, and is a very significant one. Australian women’s team currently holds the record for the longest winning streak in ODIs – 21 wins in a row dating back to their victory against India in Vadodra in 2018. Since then, they have won every game that they have played. They are now equal with the formidable Australian men’s team, who had also won 21 ODIs consecutively way back in 2003, under Ricky Ponting. If they beat New Zealand in the first ODI, they will create a new world record of most consecutive wins in ODIs among men or women – 22 and counting.
Australian Women’s Cricket Team is just 1 ODI WIN away from creating a WORLD RECORD.
They now equal with the formidable Australian men’s team, who had also won 21 ODIs consecutively way back in 2003, under Ricky Ponting.@RickyPonting @AusWomenCricket @ahealy77 pic.twitter.com/3IG2UbgRsV
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) April 3, 2021
2. Meg Lanning is on the verge of scoring 4000 runs in ODIs and 7000 runs overall:
This series will be a notable one also for the Australian captain Meg Lanning. She has scored 6955 runs in her career across all formats and is just 45 runs away from reaching 7000 runs in her international career. With 3856 runs in 82 ODIs, she is also just 144 runs away from reaching a run tally of 4000 runs in ODIs. She will be the first Australian woman to score 7000 runs in her international career and the third Australian after legends Belinda Clark and Karen Rolton to score 4000 runs in Women’s ODIs.
3. Ellyse Perry would complete 5000 runs in her international career:
Having completed 3000 runs last year, Ellyse Perry is on the verge of completing another personal milestone, that of 5000 runs in her international career. She has scored 4889 runs to date and needs another 111 runs to reach that milestone. She will be the fifth Australian cricketer to reach that landmark joining the ranks of players like her captain Meg Lanning and legends like Karen Rolton, Belinda Clark, and Alex Blackwell.
4. Megan Schutt to take 100 ODI wickets and 200 wickets in international career:
With 92 wickets from 73 ODIs, Megan Schutt needs another 8 wickets in this series to break into the 100-wicket club in Women’s ODI. She will be the fifth Australian bowler to this milestone, after fellow members Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen and former cricketers Lisa Sthalaker and Catheryn Fitzpatrick. She is also just 3 wickets away from claiming 200 wickets across all formats, which will make her the third Australian woman, after Lisa Sthalaker and Catheryn Fitzpatrick, to this landmark.
5. Katey Martin to complete 1500 runs in ODIs:
The New Zealand wicket-keeper may also attain a personal milestone of 1500 runs in ODIs. She has played 83 ODIs scoring 1455 runs and another 45 runs in this series will make her reach the landmark.
The series promises to be a very interesting one with many records and notable milestones to look forward to.
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