Despite having a strong start against Australia in the first match on March 28, where they removed the top three Aussies inside the powerplay, New Zealand failed to grip the match and eventually lost. On the other hand, with this Australia showed the depth in their line-up. Both the teams will play the second game on March 30. While Australia will look to seal the series, New Zealand will try to level it.
Going forward to the second match, the hosts, New Zealand have to think about a lot of areas that will begin with their skipper – Sophie Devine‘s form. Devine is the best bet as an opener in the shortest format. However, Hayley Jensen could play in the middle in T20s whereas Maddy Green could open alongside Devine. Her quickfire 11-ball 15 is an example of what she could do with much game time.
Moreover, the youngster Brooke Halliday, who has been consistent ever since she made her debut, should get much time in the middle. On the other hand, their key all-rounder Amelia Kerr has been going through a rough patch, both with the bat and ball. Her presence should be felt in the middle-overs which are crucial for any format.
As far as Australia are concerned, they have put up another all-round show. No matter how tough the situation is, they are ready to take the team home and that also shows their batting depth. Despite losing their key openers Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Rachael Haynes very cheaply, captain Meg Lanning steadied the ship with Ashleigh Gardner.
Although Lanning failed to take it further, Gardner successfully managed the run-chase with another star player – Ellyse Perry. There was not even a single moment where it felt they lost 4 key wickets inside 12 overs and they wouldn’t chase the total – such as the bench-strength of them. As far as their bowling attack is concerned, be it pacers or spinners, they can win the game any day that too single-handedly.
With the series line, it will be interesting to see which approach New Zealand will take against Australia.
New Zealand Squads:
Sophie Devine (C), Amy Satterthwaite (VC), Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Frankie Mackay, Katey Martin (WK), Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (WK), Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck