The Australian women’s cricket team, led by Meg Lanning, broke the 18-year-old record for most consecutive wins in ODI cricket when it got the better of New Zealand women by six wickets on April 4, in the first of the three-match series.
The victory over New Zealand women was Australia women’s 22nd consecutive win in One Day Internationals, going past Ricky Ponting’s Australian men's team, who had won 21 games on the trot in 2003, which covered the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The streak was later stretched to 24 games when they defeated the aforementioned team 3-0 in the ODI series. Australia women’s last defeat in ODI cricket came on October 29, 2017, when they lost to England women by 20 runs.
Australian women’s record-breaking run started in March 2018 against India when they won the series 3-0. This was followed by clean sweeps over Pakistan women (3-0), New Zealand women (3-0), England women (3-0), West Indies women (3-0), Sri Lanka women (3-0), New Zealand women (3-0) before beating them again (3-0) in April 2021.
“It’s a great achievement from this group, over a long period of time,” Australian captain Meg Lanning said. “Those wins have come over three years, which I just think shows how consistent we’ve been in this format. It’s certainly a great achievement and something we’ll look back on, I guess.”
While the world record took three years, the pandemic however wiped out most of the international cricket during the 2020 season.
Following their 3-0 series win over New Zealand women, Australia women welcomed India women for a three-match series in September. The home team clinched the series after winning the first two matches, but lost the final game which ended their unbeaten run on September 26.
Most consecutive wins in ODI cricket
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