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World Cup warm-up crucial for White Ferns

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017

White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen says her team will need to find form quickly over the next two weeks as they build towards the women's cricket World Cup in England.

The New Zealanders, last together as a squad in April, have a week-long training camp in Hampshire, then play three warm-up matches before their tournament opener against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 24.

The Kiwis will play Australia in Southampton, then travel to Derby to complete their build-up with matches against India and England.

Tiffen says the White Ferns will need to make the most of their limited time together.

"We're coming off our winter, and we haven't played for a while," she said.

"The biggest focus is adapting to conditions and getting into the brand of cricket we want to play.

"Those three games are going to be crucial."

New Zealand, ranked third in the eight-team tournament, will play a round robin in group play before the top four teams advance to the semi-finals.

Tiffen says that means the pressure is on right from the first match.

"This is going to be a well-fought, competitive World Cup, and we're really up for that challenge."

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