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Southern Stars want to punish NZ

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:58AM AEST | by Omnisport

Defending champions Australia are aiming for a clean sweep against New Zealand in their four-match Rose Bowl women's one-day cricket series starting this week in Sydney.

The Southern Stars take on the White Ferns at the SCG on Wednesday, with further games at North Sydney Oval on December 14, 17 and 19.

"Everyone's really excited, especially to be here at the SCG. It was great to get out there and train today and we are looking forward to having a great series against the New Zealand girls," Jodie Fields said.

"The Rose Bowl is always a very competitive series between both teams. In the last few years we have been lucky enough to play well and win the series so we are looking to do that again.

"The goal is definitely to win four games."

The Southern Stars have named a similar 13-player squad to the one that won the World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka in October.

Injured bowler Julie Hunter has been replaced by Sharon Millanta, while Lauren Ebsary's omission is the only unforced change.

It is the first time since March that Australia have played a one-day international, but Fields said adjusting to the 50-over game should not cause any problems.

"I think we will switch over pretty quickly. We are used to doing that at domestic level where we play two Twenty20s and the one one-day game (within the one weekend)," she said.

"It can be a little a hard at first to adjust but we have had a few sessions in the nets so the girls know what's required (in 50-over cricket)."

Australia have had the wood over New Zealand in Rose Bowl tournaments, winning 20 of the previous 25 series, with the White Ferns victorious on just three occasions, and the other two drawn.

Fields said putting the Kiwis to the sword yet again would be the ideal preparation for February's 50-over World Cup in India.

"To play well in this series and hopefully dominate in the matches that we play will be very important for that tournament," she said.

"Off the pitch we are pretty good friends but on the field there is a lot of rivalry."

Usually played at the end of January, the series has been brought forward because of the World Cup.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 11 December, 2012 6:37PM AEST

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