The most dominant team in Australian sport

In the 18 months it took Meg Lanning’ Australian team to rack up 20 straight ODI wins, one short of the world record, they also won two T20 World Cups and have 33 wins in the shortest form of the game.

They’ve beaten every opponent along the way, except South Africa in the 50-over game, in a display of utter domination.

The wins started in India in March 2018 and have come in Malaysia, England, New Zealand and Australia, home and away.

And as an exclamation point on just how good this team is, the Aussies won two T20 World Cups, in the West Indies and Australia, and 53 out of 60 matches across the two formats in the same time.

A series-closing one-day win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Wednesday will equal the world record mark of 21 wins set by Ricky Ponting’s 2003 side, a feat they achieved in an astonishing five months that also included a World Cup win.

Aussie strike bowler Megan Schutt, the go-to for Lanning from first ball to last, was only 10 when Ponting’s men were running amok.

She said it was a run of wins driven by a loss, in the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup, which promoted the ruthless streak which meant taking no game, and no opponent, for granted.

“Before we started to win we had that loss in the World Cup and we kind of sat down and realised we were pretty beatable,” Schutt said on Tuesday.

“So every game now there’s no chance to take our foot off the pedal against any team.

“Losing sucks and we are pretty hard on ourselves when we do that. It makes us dive deep and pick little things out. But we do that even when we are successful. Winning is great but we know we can get better.”

Megan Schutt is Meg Lanning’s go-to bowler. Picture; Patrick Hamilton / AFPSource:AFP

There’s been player turnover through the streak too. Nicole Bolton made an unbeaten century in win number one but is no longer part of the squad.

Annabel Sutherland made her ODI debut in win number 19 just last Saturday.

Schutt, who took a hat-trick in win number 15 of the streak against the West Indies in Antigua, said that kept all players striving to be better.

“These girls are going to take our spots one day, so we might as well be playing our best as long as we can,” she said.

“But we have had the same core group for so long, we know each other’s games, we know how to win games from really any position. We don’t panic, we have a good calm about us.

“We’ve been in so many games where we have pulled it back from nowhere. We’ve played enough cricket to know it’s not over until it’s over.”

Schutt says the Aussies can win games from any position. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Meg Lanning knows that winning feeling. Picture: AAP Image/Michael DodgeSource:AAP

Every player when asked about the streak has said it’s not a motivating factor. But Schutt, who didn’t know what was happening when the record was set, is able to appreciate what it would mean.

“I was interested in cricket (in 2003), but I didn’t know anything about it. I wouldn’t have known what was going on and the actual success they were having at the time,” she said.

“What’s special for me at the moment is to be kind a part of that, and it makes me appreciate what they were able to achieve.”

IN SIGHT OF THE WORLD RECORD

Australian has recorded 20 straight ODI wins

1st win – v India, 12 March 2018, Vadadora

Australia has beaten India (3 times), Pakistan (3), England (6), New Zealand (5) and Sri Lanka (3).

THE RECORD

In 2003, from January 11 to May 24, Australia won 21 straight ODIs.

The streak ended with a loss to the West Indies in Port of Spain

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