Healy admits it’s a “special feeling” to have overtaken the record of 21 matches held by Ricky Ponting’s team in 2003

Australia insist they hadn’t spoken about a potential new ODI winning streak of 22 matches and had largely downplayed the topic when asked in the lead-up, but having secured the victory over New Zealand in the first ODI in Mount Maunganui, Alyssa Healy admitted it was a “special feeling” to have overtaken Ricky Ponting’s team.

In the end, it came at a canter as unbeaten half-centuries Ash Gardner and Ellyse Perry secured the run chase with more than 11 overs to spare.

“I guess now the dust has settled. It’s a pretty special feeling and one I definitely think the girls won’t take lightly – it’s a pretty impressive record to break,” Healy, who struck 65 off 68 balls, said. “It’s a special record. A lot of players in that room – me in particular – have idolised Ricky Ponting growing up; he’s exactly how I wanted to bat and take on the game.

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