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White Ferns learn from Twenty20 defeat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates says her team will take a few hard-earned lessons into the cricket Women's World Cup beginning this weekend in England.

Memories are still fresh from last year's World Twenty20 tournament, where the New Zealanders cruised through pool play unbeaten but were upset by the West Indies in the semi-finals.

"That was a massive learning for our side," Bates said ahead of New Zealand's opening match against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Sunday morning (NZT).

"We became too predictable - we played the same batting line-up, we used the same bowlers and you can't become too predictable, no matter how well you think the side's going."

Bates, who made her New Zealand debut as an 18-year-old in 2006, has played 98 ODIs for the White Ferns and believes they have a squad with the talent and versatility to surprise over the next three weeks in England.

Consistency will be key, with a round-robin format meaning they'll play each team in the eight-nation tournament to decide the semi-finalists.

"We've got an opportunity with the side we've got here, but I think Australia and England are still the favourites," she said.

"The hardest part's going to be getting to the semi-finals, but with the world class batting line-up we've got, I do believe we're good enough to win."

The White Ferns received a taste of what to expect against England in their third and final warm-up match on Thursday (NZT) when the hosts strolled to a seven wicket win with nearly 23 overs to spare in Derby.

The heavy defeat, following on from an earlier 46-run warm-up loss to Australia, has underlined how important it is for the New Zealand top order to score runs.

Bates said the form of Amy Satterthwaite was also important, particularly with the bat, after the allrounder whacked four consecutive ODI tons last summer.

"She's really held the team together and she's in the best form of her career, so she's going to be key for us."

"But if she doesnt step up every game, we've got a number of other players in that top order."

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