Meg Lanning’s Australia on brink of world record that will take some catching


New Zealand hope to spoil the moment: “It’s always nice to mess up the Aussies’ plans,” says Lea Tahuhu

One of the must-do things in the picturesque setting of Mount Maunganui is to climb to the top of the extinct volcano which gives the town its name. On Sunday, Australia can scale their own peak.

It’s been a world-record attempt three years in the making. Back in March 2018, Australia beat India by eight wickets in Vadodara and since then they have not lost an ODI. Their run stands at 21 – equal with Ricky Ponting’s 2003 side – with New Zealand now standing in their way of setting a new mark.

World Cup wins will always hold a special place – not least the one just over a year ago on home soil – but though the team insist they do not talk about the record itself, that it is a byproduct of success, to not drop an ODI in such a long period of time is a remarkable achievement.

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