Australia’s women a symbol of durability on long world record road

Australia’s women a symbol of durability on long world record road

The Guardian

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Ricky Ponting’s last loss came days before his winning streak started; Meg Lanning’s last came in 2017

In any area of life, women are told to wait. We cannot expect equality to happen overnight; we cannot rush change; we cannot move too quickly otherwise people won’t like it. Women who play cricket have experienced the same: waiting to be allowed to play at Lord’s, waiting to get media coverage, waiting to discard the skirts that amateur players were once made to wear. The professionals of the present day still get plenty of opportunities to exercise their patience.

When Ricky Ponting’s players set a record of 21 consecutive wins in one-day internationals, they did so in a burst. A tri-series at home against England and Sri Lanka, on to an unbeaten run through the 2003 World Cup, then four wins against the West Indies in the Caribbean before losing three more on the bounce. Those 21 wins came between January and May of the same year, with largely the same team getting on a brief and glorious roll.

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