In Paradise Park there were less than three games with the attention now shifting to ODI
Australia 14 to 1 N New Zealand Abandoned match
Australia and New Zealand shared the loot in the T20I series after rain forced the decision in Park Eden to be abandoned with less than three cycles transferred.
The competition was reduced to 13 rounds per side after a late start, but shortly after the start of the game the rain returned and although the referees did their best to keep the game going, it became too heavy and did not flinch.
“The forecast was not great, you just hope it works out,” said Australia captain Meg Lanning. “It’s disappointing, I think it was a really good game. Both sides played reasonably well and also in an amazing stadium. Frustrating, that’s for sure.”
It was the first time since 2017, when it lost to England during the Ashes, that Australia did not take the proposed T20 award – a run that includes two triathlon series and two World Cups.
In the shortest possible playing time New Zealand were again well occupied in powerplay, with Australia only able to score two goals from the 17 tackles sent. Rosemary Meyer hit her first final when Beth Mooney landed a catch for a short third, where Lauren Down, who replaced the injured Frankie McKay, held up well.
It was time for Alyssa Healy to play her best shot in the series, a straight hit and a cold Menges drive, but two balls later the players set off.
Australia made one change on its side with an exchange of rhythm surfers – strolling and minking back in place of Darcy Brown who made her debut at the bakery. Eliza Perry became the best-known T20I cartoonist with her 123rd appearance, surpassing New Zealand’s Susie Bates.
New Zealand were once again without captain Sophie Devin who has not played in the last two games of the series because she suffered from fatigue. It remains to be seen if it is available for a one-day series that will start on Sunday, but McKay was definitely ruled out with a partial tear to her right calf.
“Frankie was exceptional with a bat and a ball in the bakery and showed a lot of gravel playing with an injury,” head coach Bob Carter said. “We wish her all the best in her recovery and thank her for what she has added to the team.”
The focus will now turn to the ODI that will be played entirely on Mount Maunganui. Australia’s win in the opening match will give them a world record of 22 consecutive victories, and will beat Ricky Punting’s 21 of 2003, which they currently stand for.