Australian cricket's remarkable 10-year feat of perfection

Australia’s summer of cricket has been cut short by coronavirus but the unfortunate turn of events means the men’s national side has notched a special slice of history.

The Aussies won the first ODI in what was supposed to be a three-match series against New Zealand behind closed doors on Friday.

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With no spectators inside the SCG to cheer wickets or applaud batting milestones, it was a bizarre match for the players, commentators and viewers on TV.

Following Australia's victory, the remaining two matches were called off because of coronavirus and the New Zealand side headed home.

Despite the unfortunate end to the Kiwi's cricket tour, it meant that Australia went an entire summer without losing a match at home, in any format.

The Pakistan and West Indies tours of 2009/10 represented the last time that Australia completed a domestic summer without tasting defeat, under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting.

The current Aussie sides began their summer assault at the back end of 2019 with separate clean-sweeps in their three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The ODI win against New Zealand saw the Aussies complete an unbeaten domestic summer of cricket. Pic: Getty

Tim Paine's Test side then dominated Pakistan (over two matches) and New Zealand (in three matches), recording back-to-back clean-sweeps without requiring a fifth day of Test cricket across both series.

The Aussies were given somewhat of a reality check when they travelled overseas with a mixed bag of results against India and South Africa, before they returned home to play the Kiwis again.

Friday's 71-run win over the Black Caps at the SCG proved the final domestic win for this summer series, marking a bizarre but historic finish for the Aussies.

Hopes Australia-New Zealand series can be rescheduled

The cancellation of Australia's ODI series against the Kiwis came after the New Zealand government announced measures that all incoming passengers will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.

The teams were meant to play three Twenty20s against each other in New Zealand, starting from March 24, but those matches have also been called off.

"A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures," a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) spokesman said.

"Arrangements are at this moment being made to fly the bulk of the squad home this evening."

Cricket Australia and NZC believe both series can be rescheduled.

"NZC understands and supports the government's position. This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well being of our players is paramount," the NZC spokesman said.

Kiwi quick Lockie Ferguson was placed into isolation on Friday due to a sore throat after game one, which Australia won by 71 runs with no spectators allowed into the SCG.

However, tests later returned negative for coronavirus. He is expected to fly home on Sunday morning.

Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson missed the series opener after also suffering a mild sore throat, but was cleared of coronavirus after being sent for tests.

An Australian under-19s indigenous team tour of New Zealand later this month has also been postponed because of the global health pandemic.

With agencies