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Lanning & Co. eye world record when they take on New Zealand


Australia too will undergo a two-week managed isolation upon arrival in New Zealand. © Getty

Australia Women will have the chance to surpass the mighty Ricky Ponting-led men’s team’s record of a 21-match winning streak when they lock horns with New Zealand Women in Mount Maunganui for a three-match ODI series between April 4-10.

Meg Lanning & Co. equalled the formidable tally late last year, beating the same opponents 3-0 at home, but haven’t played cricket since with the proposed visit from India pushed back to next season due to the postponement of the Women’s ODI World Cup that was slated for February-March 2021 in New Zealand.

The window thus created will be filled by ODI and T20I reigning champions, England and Australia respectively. New Zealand return to action with a full tour of England on the cards in February-March, following which Australia will first play three T20Is, in Hamilton on March 28, 20 and April 1 before the Rose-Bowl ODIs.

“We’re very grateful to the New Zealand government for supporting and enabling these women’s tours and for creating an environment in which they can proceed,” said David White, New Zealand Cricket CEO on Thursday (January 14).

“And with the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand next summer, it’s particularly important that teams are able to play and compete and develop their games ahead of such a significant tournament.”

Like with the touring England party, Australia too will undergo a two-week managed isolation upon arrival in New Zealand.

New Zealand lost the T20Is 2-1 and were blanked 3-0 in the ODIs last September-October, which was the first international assignment for both sides since the COVID-19 enforced break.

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