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Drought-breaking NZ Rose Bowl win looms

NZN 1/03/2017 Angelo Risso

The White Ferns are on the brink of a historic Rose Bowl ODI victory but batsman Liz Perry says the side are keeping cool heads.

The Kiwis have not won a series against trans-Tasman foes Australia since 1999 but are in the driver's seat in 2017 after winning Sunday's first ODI by five wickets.

A beautifully-paced 102 not out to talisman Amy Satterthwaite helped get New Zealand to their target of 276 with five balls to spare.

But Perry, a dual cricket and hockey international, said Thursday's match at Mount Maunganui would have to be played on its own merits.

"We're on a good roll at the minute so it's just about building that momentum and not getting too far ahead of ourselves," the 29-year-old said.

"Just making sure we're confident in what we do and execute our game plans, and we'll be away and rolling."

Perry did not take part in the first Rose Bowl match in Auckland, but will be hoping to cause carnage in the middle order on Thursday before a partisan crowd.

She was yet to inspect the used Mount Maunganui pitch but was ready to roll with the punches.

"We haven't played on it so it's just getting used to what the pitch does, and adjusting accordingly and playing our brand of cricket," the Wellington player said.

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