Southern Stars in record loss to Kiwis
AUSTRALIA is licking its wounds after New Zealand launched a stunning series comeback which culminated in Meg Lanning's side folding for a record low total in Adelaide.
The Kiwis trailed 1-0 in the T20 series but smashed Australia in Geelong then Adelaide to seal a 2-1 series triumph. Australia must now back up in the one-day Rose Bowl against the dominant Kiwis.
Lanning said Australia must respond to a 66-run total in a comprehensive 47 run loss.
"We have got to learn from it. It's two games in a row now that the same sort of thing has happened," Lanning said.
"Very similar to Geelong unfortunately, we didn't really learn our lessons well enough.
"Full credit to New Zealand, they bowled really well and stopped us getting any momentum."
Undefeated Alex Blackwell (30) and Alyssa Healy (12) were the Australian duo to exceed double figures.
Opener Lanning had, in the lead up to the game, prioritised breaking the shackles of miserly New Zealand spearhead Lea Tahuhu (2/13) but Australia failed miserably.
Holly Huddleston 2/9 proved the ideal foil for Tahuhu as the Southern Stars endured a 5/9 collapse chasing 114 for victory in the decisive clash.
"We have got to be able to find a way to keep the scoreboard ticking and make sure we don't give away easy wickets," said Lanning who managed 5.
Beth Mooney's fourth ball run out started the rot for an Australian innings that lasted 16 overs.
Australia crumbled for 73 against New Zealand seven years ago and was in danger of eclipsing Bangladesh's record 44 low total.
"Obviously losing early wickets is not ideal in T20 cricket," Lanning said.
We had the double whammy of losing wickets and not being able to get the scoreboard ticking over as well."
Amanda Jane Wellington had given Australia hope of series victory with 4/16 as the Kiwis' posted 8/113.
The Kiwis endured a 4/2 collapse in six balls but Suzie Bates (31, 34), keeper-batsman Rachel Priest and Amy Satterthwaite (18, 18) had already blasted the visitors to 3/70 inside 13 overs.