The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Aussies extend winning run to 24

- JOE BARTON

RAIN, hail or shine — Meg Lanning’s Australia simply cannot be beaten.

Their record-breaking win streak is alive and well after Alyssa Healy blazed Australia to a series whitewash in the third and final ODI at Bay Oval on Saturday night.

The weather, and then Leigh Kasperek, threatened to halt Australia’s incredible winning run which now stretches to 24 games following the 21run victory in the rain-reduced 25-over match.

New Zealand went down swinging, but on a sluggish pitch which made scoring difficult they were never truly in the chase as Australia’s fivestar bowling unit turned the screws – with five bowlers finishing among the wickets as Georgia Wareham and Megan Schutt claimed two apiece.

“Our intent was to go out there and hit the ball hard — we just enjoyed that challenge of a 25-over game,” Healy said.

“(And) our bowlers did a fantastic job all series.”

Earlier, Australia’s total of 7-149 was built around a fast start by Healy (46) who put on 73 for the first wicket with opening partner Beth Mooney.

Healy fell short of a 13th ODI half-century, but her blistering knock laid the foundation for win No.24.

The openers fell in quick succession as Australia got the wobbles in a big way, losing 4-7 with Kasperek making the most of the slow pitch as she ripped the guts out of the top order with three wickets in an over. But the damage was already done and the win streak from this phenomenal outfit remains unbroken.

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Alyssa Healy.

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