With the upcoming Rose Bowl one-day internationals approaching, Amy Satterthwaite, the White Ferns skipper, claimed that her team needs to “perform as a unit” in the upcoming tour of Australia.
New Zealand has had a successful Twenty20 series against India, which they swept 3-0 after losing the ODI series 2-1.
“We ended up coming out with a bit more hunger and putting out a stick forward rather than sitting back. That worked for us against India,” said Satterthwaite.
“We have to start off against Australia with that kind of mindset and really take it to them. We know they’re a quality side and we’ve got to perform as a unit to ensure that we’re going to be really competitive against them.”
White Ferns will miss out on Haidee Tiffen the usual Head Coach during the Australia Tour, due to New Zealand Cricket’s recent review of the ICC World T20 2018 for the team. New Zealand didn’t qualify for the semis after they lost to India and Australia in the group stage.
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“It was a challenging review for all of us involved,” admitted Satterthwaite but she said that it had it’s own merits. “It was pretty honest, which was a good thing.”
“We need to sit down and think of what came out of it and continue to move forward. We acknowledge that our performances haven’t been where we would’ve liked them to be over the last 12-18 months. We’re all going to play our part in improving it,” she added.
When asked about the team’s reaction to Tiffen’s decision, Satterthwaite answered that they were “surprised”. “She’s been a massive part of this team and we are going to miss having her around on the tour against Australia. We acknowledge it has been a tough week for Haidee. We have reached out to her and acknowledged that we are giving her the time and space to recover.”
“I want her to reapply for the job. At the end of the day, New Zealand Cricket has decided to go through this process. There’s hopefully going to be a lot of candidates and I’m sure we will end up with the best candidate for the position.”
Satterthwaite said, “Bob Carter is coming as the interim coach and he’s got a wealth of experience. He will be great around the group on this trip.”
“Amy and I were just talking about the next couple of weeks, how we would set things up. The team’s very focused, all the players have been playing over this weekend. It’s a functional team,” said Carter, the interim coach.
“This series will be a tough assignment. We are under no illusions. Australia is a very fine team and we’ve got to travel a little bit: all the way to Perth, quickly to Adelaide and then up to Melbourne. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to, everyone is up for it and we’ll be going hard,” he added.
Australia and New Zealand will play in three ODIs across three venues in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne on 22, 24 February and 3 March.