Meg Lanning has won the draw
Welcome to the first ODI between New Zealand and Australia from the ever beautiful Bay Oval on Mount Maunganui. If the world had been a different place over the last year, this would have been a field where both teams participated in the World Cup in early 2021, but instead we have to wait until early 2022 for that after it is delayed due to Covid complications. It makes these 50+ shots even more important as both teams gear up for that big event.
In the immediate term, there is another milestone in mind for the Australians: If they can get past the line today, it will be their 22nd ODI win on the rebound, the most ever. They are currently on the same level as Ricky Ponting’s 2003 team with 21 wins. It is even more special that this race started in 2018 for the charges of Meg Lanning.
Of course, it was the White Ferns who were most recently whitewashed in this format, three-zip in Brisbane in October. Between moments, India’s visit did not happen, so they were only able to reappear in green and gold against New Zealand in T20 and ended on Wednesday, that series was split into a single match.
Amy Satterthwaite will be in charge of the hosts, replacing Sophie Devine, who is resting after reportedly missing the last two T20s due to exhaustion. As for Australia, they are a model of consistency at the selection table. What will be of interest when the coin rises is whether Darcie Brown is quickly chosen for an ODI debut after taking her bow at the T20s. We’ll find out shortly!
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism