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New Zealand and Australia to repeat 2011 final tomorrow

New Zealand and Australia to repeat 2011 final tomorrow

It will be a 2011 Gold Medal rematch of huge proportions tomorrow when arch-rivals the Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head in the Preliminary Round Match.

Starting off their quest for the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 title in strong fashion, both sides have notched up comprehensive wins in their opening two matches. But all bets are off when the two powerhouses of the sport meet on Day 3.

And according to New Zealand goaler, Jodi Brown, the Silver Ferns will be taking inspiration from the All Blacks v Wallabies clash tonight to help get them game-ready. “We’ve got a new team full of youth and experience and we’re slowly gelling,” said Brown ahead of the 2.20pm clash.

“This is probably going to be the first time this team has been put under pressure, so it’s a really good indicator as to what we need to do for the rest of the tournament.”

Diamonds’ Assistant Coach, Michelle den Dekker said there were lots of unknowns heading into tomorrow’s game, but conceded the rivalry still burns strong.

“Anytime you play the Silver Ferns you want the win,” she said.

“But having new combinations we’re not quite sure what they’ll put out, and not being a final, how do you what combinations will be there? We’re expecting they’ll make changes, and for us, we’re a really strong 12 so we’ll probably run combinations and see what works well.”

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Should Dilshan have continued until Cricket World Cup 2019?

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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews


Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.


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