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White Ferns gutted by Rose Bowl defeat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017

Coming to grips with their gut-wrenching Rose Bowl Series loss must be New Zealand's first step towards winning the World Cup, coach Haidee Tiffen says.

History repeated for the White Ferns, who lost the one-day international series 2-1 to Australia following a five-wicket loss at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

As was the case last year, New Zealand won the opening game but couldn't stop the Southern Stars fighting back to clinch the honours.

Australia have defended the silverware in 14 successive series since 2000.

Visiting captain Meg Lanning was again the key.

Her unbeaten 104 helped Australia chase down New Zealand's 270 with four balls to spare in the decider.

A year earlier, at the same Bay Oval venue, Lanning's 127 carried them to victory with eight balls remaining.

Tiffen said there was a feeling of deflation in the White Ferns dressing room.

"The entire team, support staff and players, really believed that we could have done it today. And on Thursday [game two]," she said.

"Full credit to Australia. They're a classy side in bouncing back."

All the New Zealand players will have a three-week rest following a hectic summer and will attend training camps in April and May.

Some players will also take up county contracts, giving them a decent taste of conditions ahead of the World Cup in England starting in June.

Tiffen says beating world No.1 Australia in last month's Twenty20 series and pushing them close in the ODIs has the White Ferns well placed to perform.

"Measuring ourselves against the best team, we're close and we'll iron out a few things that we need to," she said.

"It's been a wonderful series to learn and grow, and we're certainly on track."

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