/ 06 April 2021

A tremendous Easter for Aussies in sport

• The Australian women’s one-day cricket team has 22 consecutive wins under its belt with Sunday’s 6 wicket victory against New Zealand. So what? It breaks the record set by 2003’s much-admired Ricky Ponting-led national men’s team. Ponting paid them their due.

• And all hail Ash Barty as she took out a consecutive Miami Open title on the weekend. Opponent Bianca Andreescu retired hurt in the final with a foot injury, but a win’s a win… Criticised for remaining the world’s #1 under a tweaked system where players aren’t penalised by COVID disruptions, Barty said “I never have to prove anything to anyone.”

• Know Molly Taylor’s name? She’s the only woman to have won the Australian Rally Championship. And yesterday, she doubled down on the claim that she’s the most successful woman in Aussie motorsports history by winning the inaugural Extreme E series race in Saudi Arabia. The series sees electric vehicles race in 5 countries that have been impacted by climate change. Racing alongside 3-time World Rallycross champion/Swede Johan Kristoffersson, Taylor said the event was “definitely extreme”.

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