CommBank ODIs v New Zealand
From Baroda to Bay Oval: The journey to 22 straight wins
Eight series, six opponents, six countries: How Lanning's Australians set a new world record for consecutive ODI wins
Laura Jolly previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and is now cricket.com.au Women's Cricket Editor providing dedicated coverage to all aspects of the women's game
Meg Lanning's all-conquering Australia went where no team has gone before on Sunday, claiming their 22nd consecutive one-day international victory.
A remarkable 1113 days of dominance in ODI cricket continued at Bay Oval, where a strong all-round display against New Zealand saw Australia romp to a six-wicket win with 11.3 overs to spare.
Australia have not tasted defeat in the 50-over format since October 2017, sweeping the seven series they’ve played since, before sealing their place in history on Sunday.
Impressively, 13 of those 22 wins have come on foreign soil, from the subcontinent to the unknown quantity of Malaysia as well as the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and New Zealand.
The unbeaten run has its roots in Australia's shock semi-final loss to India in the 2017 World Cup, a defeat that prompted a revamp of their culture and tactics.
Since, they have won 24 of 25 ODIs, dropping a sole one-dayer to England during the 2017 Ashes.
The current streak started far from home in Baroda, India, where capacity crowds in excess of 10,000 people flocked to vocally support the hosts.
From there, skipper Lanning took her team to Malaysia, to meet Pakistan on neutral territory, before continuing the run on home soil, albeit with a scare against New Zealand in Perth at the start of 2019, where they held on to win by just five runs.
On to England for the Ashes, where another 3-0 sweep put Australia well on track to retain the coveted trophy, before a maiden ODI tour of the Caribbean, where tons to Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry ensured another undefeated series.
In October 2019 in Brisbane, Australia completed a dominant sweep of Sri Lanka, however, the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic denied them a chance to continue the streak in South Africa in March of 2020.
Lanning's team was forced to wait for last October's trans-Tasman contest to resume their streak, but claimed another clean sweep, before undergoing a fortnight of hotel quarantine in order to make history in Tauranga.
Take a look back at Australia's unbeaten run, which started in March 2018 in India.
1) March 12, 2018 (Baroda): India 200 (Jonassen 4-30) def by Australia 2-202 (Bolton 100*) by eight wickets
A superb century from opener Nicole Bolton laid the foundation for an emphatic eight-wicket win.
After a four-wicket haul from Jess Jonassen helped restrict India to 200, Bolton’s brilliant knock anchored a clinical chase as the tourists reached their target with 17.5 overs to spare.
2) March 15, 2018 (Baroda): Australia 9-287 (Bolton 84) def India 227 (Jonassen 3-51) by 60 runs
A brilliant all-round display with the bat and in the field sealed a series win for the Australians.
Needing a record-breaking 288 to keep the series alive, India opener Smriti Mandhana had the hosts on track early when she blazed a half-century but she was the only home batter to pass fifty as the Australian attack – led by a miserly Megan Schutt – fought back to seal a 60-run victory.
3) March 18, 2018 (Baroda): Australia 7-332 (Healy 133) def India 235 (Gardner 3-40) by 97 runs
A maiden international century from Alyssa Healy and a brilliant fightback with the ball led by Ashleigh Gardner guided Australia to an ODI series whitewash.
Batting first, Healy’s 133 helped Australia reach 7-332, their first ODI total above 300 since 2012, before India opener Smriti Mandhana and 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues raced to 0-101 from 13 overs,
It was going to take a piece of magic to stop the aggressive batters on a good wicket and lightning-fast outfield, but Gardner produced exactly that, turning the game back in Australia’s favour.
4) October 18, 2018 (Kuala Lumpur): Pakistan 95 (Schutt 3-17) def by Australia 5-95 (Healy 26) by five wickets
Having bowled Pakistan out for 95 during a rain-interrupted first innings, Australia suffered a wobble in their pursuit of a revised target of 92 when they lost 3 for 12.
But Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney steadied the ship as Australia reached their target with 112 balls to spare.
5) October 20, 2018 (Kuala Lumpur): Australia 7-273 (Lanning 106) def Pakistan 123 (Molineux 4-14) by 150 runs
Electing to bat first at Kinrara Academy Ground, a record-breaking 181-run stand between Meg Lanning and deputy Rachael Haynes rescued their team from a precarious position, with Lanning bringing up her 12th one-day ton and her first since returning from shoulder surgery, as Australia posted 7-273.
Pakistan's Nahida Khan defied the tourists with a half-century in reply, but it wasn’t enough as Sophie Molineux’s 4-14 helped dismiss the hosts for 123.
6) October 22, 2018 (Kuala Lumpur): Australia 7-324 (Healy 97) def Pakistan 7-235 (Gardner 3-44) by 89 runs
Brilliant batting from Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner and another superb display from left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux helped Australia seal an ODI series whitewash.
Healy (97) gave the Australian innings an explosive start before falling agonisingly short of a second ODI century, while a powerful maiden international fifty from Gardner (62no from 37) propelled the Australian total to 7-324.
Pakistan made a spirited reply but the pressure applied by Molineux, who finished with 1-16 off 10, meant the mammoth target was always far out of reach.
7) February 22, 2019 (Perth): Australia 241 (Haynes 67) def New Zealand 9-236 (Jonassen 4-43) by five runs
Jess Jonassen’s brilliant fightback with the ball saw Australia claim a thrilling five-run victory at the WACA.
Needing 242 for victory, the White Ferns were cruising at 4-188 before Australia – led by left-arm spinner Jonassen’s four wickets – fought back superbly to restrict their trans-Tasman rivals to 9-236.
Amy Satterthwaite seemed destined to lead her team to victory but her captain’s knock of 92 wasn’t enough for New Zealand, as the White Ferns skipper fell to Jonassen in the penultimate over.
8) February 24, 2019 (Adelaide): Australia 7-247 (Perry 107) def New Zealand 152 (Jonassen 5-27) by 95 runs
Ellyse Perry's maiden one-day international century and a five-wicket haul to Jess Jonassen ensured Australia continued their 20-year one-day dominance over New Zealand.
Defending what seemed a below-par total of 7-247 at Adelaide's Karen Rolton Oval, left-arm spinner Jonassen took a career-best 5-27 from eight overs to help bowl New Zealand out for 152, securing a 95-run win and the Rose Bowl Trophy with one match to play.
Earlier, Perry top-scored with 107no (110), executing the anchor role with aplomb as she steered Australia out of a spot of bother, sharing a vital and ultimately match-defining stand with Beth Mooney (42).
9) March 3, 2019 (Melbourne): New Zealand 8-231 (Gardner 3-49) def by Australia 3-233 (Perry 54*) by seven wickets
A superb display with the ball – and two spectacular pieces of fielding – set the scene for the hosts, with off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner (3-49) and leg-spinner Georgia Wareham (2-36) leading the way as the White Ferns were restricted to 8-231 despite a fighting half-century from Sophie Devine.
Then, a clinical chase saw Australia home in 47.5 overs, thanks to a half-century to Ellyse Perry and solid contributions from skipper Meg Lanning (48), Rachael Haynes (46) and Alyssa Healy (46).
10) July 2, 2019 (Leicester): England 177 (Perry 3-43) def by Australia 8-178 (Healy 66) by two wickets
Australia drew first blood in the women's Ashes when they edged home by two wickets in a nervy encounter at Leicester's Grace Road.
In what turned out to be a low-scoring thriller, a stunning new-ball display from quicks Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt handed Australia a dream start to the opening ODI of the multi-format series, leaving England's top-order in disarray at 4-19 before Natalie Sciver's fighting 64 helped the hosts reach 177.
Alyssa Healy (66) then looked poised to guide the Australians to victory – despite key wickets falling cheaply at the other end – but her dismissal in the 26th over the opened the door for England.
A brilliant spell from 20-year-old left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3-34) piled the pressure on Australia's lower order, before the calm head of experienced Queenslander Delissa Kimmince ultimately steered the tourists home in the 43rd over.
11) July 4, 2019 (Leicester): England 217 (Kimmince 5-26) def by Australia 6-218 (Perry 62) by four wickets
Australia extended their lead in the multi-format Ashes after Ellyse Perry top-scored with 62 as Australia reached their target of 218 with 28 balls to spare.
Queensland pair Beth Mooney (43no) and Jess Jonassen (31no) saw the tourists home after a middle-order wobble, after Delissa Kimmince's maiden international five-for restricted England despite an outstanding 115 from opener Tammy Beaumont.
12) July 7, 2019 (Canterbury): Australia 7-267 (Lanning 69) def England 75 (Perry 7-22) by 194 runs
Ellyse Perry claimed the best ever ODI bowling figures by an Australian woman to put her team on the cusp of retaining the women's Ashes.
Perry's remarkable spell of bowling reaped 7-22 from 10 overs as England were bowled out for 75 – their lowest-ever total against Australia – bettering the previous best one-day figures for an Australian woman, the 7-24 taken by current assistant coach Shelley Nitschke in 2005.
After half-centuries to Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning took Australia to 7-269, Perry – assisted by Megan Schutt – ripped through England's top-order to leave them reeling at 6-21 at one stage in the run chase.
13) September 5, 2019 (Antigua): Australia 4-308 (Healy 122) def West Indies 130 (Perry 3-17) by 178 runs
Twin centuries to Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy led the way as Australia romped to a 178-run victory at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Healy’s 122 and Lanning’s 121 laid the foundation as Australia piled on 4-308 from their 50 overs, the highest women’s ODI total ever scored in the West Indies, before Ellyse Perry led the way with the ball, taking three wickets.
14) September 8, 2019 (Antigua): Australia 2-308 (Perry 112) def West Indies 8-157 (Wareham 2-29) by 151 runs
A dramatic first innings at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium had it all; a last-minute change of captain for the Australians, a rushed cap presentation ceremony for a debutant, an innings retirement due to the stifling heat, the joint-fastest ODI fifty by an Australian woman and of course, Perry’s second ODI hundred.
It was Perry’s brilliant unbeaten 112 from 118 deliveries that laid the foundation for Australia’s total of 2-308, their second consecutive total above 300.
The superhuman allrounder then defied all notions of fatigue to take the new ball, picking up the wicket of Windies opener Stacy Ann King in her second over, setting the scene for yet another series win.
15) September 11, 2019 (Antigua): West Indies 180 (Schutt 3-24) def by Australia 2-182 (Healy 61) by eight wickets
Megan Schutt made history with a one-day international hat-trick as Australia claimed an ODI clean sweep against the West Indies.
Schutt became the first Australian woman to take an ODI hat-trick when she cleaned up the Windies tail with three wickets from the final three balls of the innings.
Needing 181 for a 3-0 series sweep, a 27-ball half-century from Alyssa Healy put the tourists well on track in the chase before Meg Lanning (58no) and Ellye Perry (33no) saw Australia home with eight wickets in hand in the 32nd over.
16) October 5, 2019 (Brisbane): Australia 8-281 (Lanning 73) def Sri Lanka 124 (Gardner 2-9) by 157 runs
Defending 282 after a fightback from the Sri Lankan bowlers saw a flurry of wickets fall in the back-half of the first innings, Tayla Vlaeminck and Ashleigh Gardner produced superb spells to ensure the target was kept well out of reach.
Half-centuries to Meg Lanning (73 off 66 balls), Rachael Haynes (56 off 76) and Beth Mooney (66 off 68) earlier in the day ensured Australia posted a solid total that proved too much for the tourists.
17) October 7, 2019 (Brisbane): Australia 8-282 (Haynes 118) def Sri Lanka 9-172 (Jonassen 4-31) by 110 runs
Between Rachael Haynes' maiden international century, debutante Heather Graham’s first international wicket and Jess Jonassen’s 100th ODI wicket, it was a day to remember for the all-conquering Australian women.
Haynes’ 118 set the scene, before Jonassen’s four-wicket haul saw Australia storm to a record-equalling 17th consecutive victory.
18) October 9, 2019 (Brisbane): Sri Lanka 8-195 (Wareham 2-18) def by Australia 0-196 (Healy 112*) by nine wickets
With the world record on the line at Allan Border Field, a strong all-round performance from the Australian bowlers held Sri Lanka to 8-195 despite a brilliant century from Chamari Attapaththu.
Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes could not have made a more emphatic statement in reply, with Healy bringing up a third ODI century before sealing victory with a six as Australia romped home by nine wickets in 26.5 overs - the icing on the cake of a stunning run.
19) October 3, 2020 (Brisbane): New Zealand 180 (Wareham 2-23) def by Australia 3-181 (Lanning 62*) by seven wickets
It was 12 months between matches for Australia's ODI team but in a little under 83 overs at Allan Border Field on Saturday they showed little had really changed, powering to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand with 98 balls to spare.
Annabel Sutherland came into the side on debut and immediately impressed, amid what was a dominant display from Australia’s pace attack first up before the spinners stole the show, with Wareham and left-arm orthodox pair Jess Jonassen (2-29) and Sophie Molineux (2-28) wreaking havoc on New Zealand's middle order.
Lanning then anchored the chase with aplomb, joining with vice-captain Haynes to ensure the result was never in doubt, sealing proceedings with a beautifully struck six over long off.
20) October 5, 2020 (Brisbane): New Zealand 9-252 (Jonassen 4-36) def by Australia 6-255 (Lanning 101*) by four wickets
Faced with their most daunting target at any point in their winning streak, Australia's batters were rarely troubled as they collected the 253 runs required with 29 balls and four wickets to spare.
And as has so often been the case, it was Meg Lanning (101no off 96) who anchored proceedings, the skipper putting aside an apparent hamstring issue to team up with the in-form Rachael Haynes (82 from 89) for a 117-run second-wicket that proved decisive.
Without the injured Suzie Bates, New Zealand opening pair Sophie Devine (79) and Natalie Dodd (34) laid the foundation with a 75-run stand, before Australia fought back valiantly through experienced hands of Jess Jonassen (4-36) and Megan Schutt (2-54).
21) October 7, 2020 (Brisbane): Australia 5-325 (Haynes 96) def New Zealand 93 (Gardner 2-11) by 232 runs
Australia had neither Meg Lanning nor Ellyse Perry to call on but they still produced their most comprehensive performance of the entire streak.
Stand-in captain Rachael Haynes led the way with a brilliant 96, Alyssa Healy put on a clinic with 87 and some powerful hitting from Ashleigh Gardner (34 off 20), Beth Mooney (29no off 19) and Tahlia McGrath (29no off 11) carried Australia to their highest-ever total against the White Ferns.
Then, they effectively ended the run chase with four wickets inside 15 overs, including star pair Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr for golden ducks.
By the 27th over it was complete, New Zealand all out for 93.
22) April 4, 2021 (Tauranga): New Zealand 212 (Schutt 4-32) def by Australia 4-215 (Healy 65) by six wickets
Megan Schutt (4-32) and Nicola Carey (3-34) starred as the White Ferns were bowled out for 212, despite a fighting 90 from opener Lauren Down.
Early departures of Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning briefly inflated New Zealand's hopes, but an aggressive Alyssa Healy put the tourists back on track with 65 from 68 balls.
When she departed, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner hit half-centuries of their own to seal Australia's place in history.
CommBank tour of New Zealand 2021
Australia ODI & T20I Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck
New Zealand ODI squad: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Frances Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin (wk), Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
1st T20: Australia won by six wickets
2nd T20: New Zealand won by four wickets
3rd T20: Play abandoned due to rain
1st ODI: Australia won by six wickets
All matches will be shown live in Australia on Fox Cricket and Kayo