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White Ferns turn to pace to win Rose Bowl

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/02/2017

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates hopes pace can be the ingredient which ends a long drought without the Rose Bowl.

Australia have owned the symbol of trans-Tasman women's one-day international supremacy for 17 years, defending it in the last 13 series.

Bates knows the importance of a good start at Eden Park Outer Oval on Sunday but then of maintaining their standards in the two remaining games in Mount Maunganui next week.

Last year, also on home soil, the White Ferns won the opener but lost the next two games including a tension-filled decider. Bates scored 110 in New Zealand's 243 at Mount Maunganui but the Southern Stars ran it down in the penultimate over courtesy of counterpart Meg Lanning's 127.

"The Rose Bowl means a lot to this group. We haven't won it for a long time and we've gone close a few times," Bates said.

"Last year we played some really good cricket but when it came down to the wire, we couldn't quite do it."

New Zealand launched their own fightback to beat Australia 2-1 in the Twenty20 series across the Tasman this month.

While their batting stuttered, New Zealand's bowling attack took command as the series went on, led by new ball pair Lea Tahuhu and Holly Huddleston.

Tahuhu, an All White for six years, is coming of age as international bowler, Bates believes, and has developed an intimidating element with pace consistently at or above 125kmh.

"Lea Tahuhu's just that point of difference with a bit of extra pace," Bates said.

"She's got more and more consistent over the last couple of years which makes it tough for any batters. A bit of extra pace always creates wickets."

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