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Bates lauds White Ferns for fightback

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/02/2017

New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates says her side showed admirable fighting qualities to beat Australia 2-1 in their women's Twenty20 series.

The White Ferns skittled the hosts for a record-low 66 in the third match at Adelaide on Wednesday to win by 47 runs.

It capped a series which began with a 40-run loss in Melbourne before a tense and decisive eight-run win in the rain-shortened second match at Geelong.

"It's just really pleasing that the girls never gave up in this series," Bates said.

"We were pretty down and out after that first game, and that hiding we got.

"In the second game we didn't perform that well with the bat again but, for our bowlers to step up again, that's where our confidence will come from. We've stepped up against a really quality side."

Australia's feeble score, their lowest in all T20s, was set up by losing their first five wickets for nine runs.

New ball pair Lea Tahuhu (2-13) and Holly Huddletone (2-9) continued exceptional series while 16-year-old legspinner Amelia Kerr (2-16) enjoyed a memorable first outing against Australia.

The bowling performance gives Bates reason for confidence heading into the three-match Rose Bowl one-day international series starting in Auckland on Sunday.

Of more concern is the batting, particularly the middle order which was without injured allrounder Sophie Devine for the series in Australia.

New Zealand batted out their 20 overs in all three innings but managed, in order, modest scores of 111-8, 101-9 and 113-8.

"Our middle order is very inexperienced and that has shown throughout the series, we've just been good enough with the ball and in the field," Bates said.

"We won't get too far ahead after that series win but we'll make sure we enjoy it because it doesn't happen that often."

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