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Aussie women claim ODI series whitewash

Australia have defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the third and final women's ODI at Junction Oval in Melbourne to claim a 3-0 series whitewash.

Aussie women claim ODI series whitewash

Australia have defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the third and final women's ODI at Junction Oval in Melbourne to claim a 3-0 series whitewash.

SOPHIE DEVINE of the Adelaide Striker bats during the Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars Women's Big Bash League Match at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.
SOPHIE DEVINE of the Adelaide Striker bats during the Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars Women's Big Bash League Match at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Picture:Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Australia have capped a glorious summer with a whitewash victory in their ODI series against New Zealand.

Having already retained the Rose Bowl Trophy, Meg Lanning's side cruised to a seven-wicket win in Sunday's third and final ODI at Melbourne's Junction Oval.


The hosts restricted New Zealand to 8-231 then chased down their target with 13 balls to spare.

Lanning shook off lacklustre performances in the opening two matches to post 48, while Ellyse Perry top scored with 54 not out.

Undefeated since losing to India in the group stage of the T20 World Cup - a defeat which proved to be a blip on the way to winning the trophy - Australia have dropped just two of 26 matches since the start of 2018.

"To think about how it's all panned out is pretty incredible, really," Lanning said.

"It's been really busy and it's taken a lot of effort to get through but when you look back at the results, it's been a pretty satisfying summer."

Having wrapped up a gruelling season of international and domestic commitments, the Australians will regroup and prepare for the Ashes tour starting in July.

The hosts barely put a foot wrong in a clinical chase that began with Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy compiling an 84-run opening stand.

Haynes' dismissal brought Lanning to the crease and the 26-year-old looked in good touch before holing out at mid-off.

Perry, who scored her maiden ODI century in Adelaide a week earlier, then steered the hosts home along with Beth Mooney (35 not out).

Offspinner Ashleigh Gardner (3-49) also starred for the hosts, who had taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead with a 95-run win in Adelaide.

Gardner was named player of the match while allrounder Jess Jonassen, who snared nine wickets across the three ODIs, earned player of the series honours.

Sophie Devine (58), Amy Satterthwaite (49) and Katie Perkins (41) made starts for New Zealand, who lost three batters to run-outs in the final 10 overs.

The destructive Devine celebrated reaching her 12th ODI half-century by blasting Gardner for six over the long-off boundary.

But Gardner soon had her revenge, trapping Devine lbw, while a super direct hit run-out by Jonassen left Satterthwaite one run short of a fifty.

"We've been competitive in phases and managed to push them a bit, which is positive," Satterthwaite said.

"But I think we have to be realistic as well .... we're playing a group of professional players and we've got a little bit of work to do back home to ensure that we keep up."

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