New Zealand v Australia ODIs - Women's
Lanning looks to cash in with Rose Bowl on the line
Australia captain Meg Lanning was coy, but offered some hints about the XI her team could field in Wednesday's second ODI
6 April 2021, 11:24 AM AEST
Meg Lanning is confident big runs are not far away as Australia look to extend their record win streak and continue a two-decade hold on the Rose Bowl under lights on Wednesday.
The Australia captain also hinted the tourists could stick with a winning combination for the second ODI, a day-nighter at Tauranga's Bay Oval, after taking a 1-0 series lead and claiming a 22nd consecutive win in the format in Sunday’s series opener.
Australia sat out express quick Tayla Vlaeminck for the second of three T20Is last week, as part of her management plan returning from a serious injury to the navicular bone of her right foot.
Ahead of the tour, coach Matthew Mott said the right-armer was only expected to play 3-4 of the six matches.
However, after a washout in the third T20I and with Vlaeminck bowling only six overs in the first one-dayer, Lanning suggested the 22-year-old could be available.
If Vlaeminck does miss the game, an opportunity could be created for 18-year-old quick Darcie Brown, who debuted in the second T20I in her pace counterpart's absence.
"We’ve got a full squad to pick from, we’re playing on the same wicket we played on the other day so we’ll just have a look at it today and see what the best line-up is," Lanning said on Tuesday.
"We’ll go in with our strongest team we can, we’ll assess at training today how Tayla’s going and how the bowlers are going.
"There have been a couple of days between the games here which gives us a bit more time.
"We are looking at the management of the fast bowlers here to make sure we’re looking after them (but) if Tayla’s available and fit we’ll probably stick with her."
The same Bay Oval wicket will be used for all three games, and is expected to provide increasing assistance for the spinners.
That could prompt changes to the Australia XI for the series finale, with left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux currently sitting on the sidelines.
"That’s definitely something we’ve spoken about," Lanning said. "The groundsman mentioned he had given it a water after the first game.
"We’ll have to see if that’s had any impact on it today and we don’t play until Wednesday afternoon so it’ll have a bit more time there as well.
"It might be similar tomorrow but for the third game it could take a bit more spin than it did in the first game, and conditions play a big role in selection for our team so we’ll look at that and pick the best XI from there."
Meanwhile, Lanning hopes to spend more time in the middle after making starts in the first two T20Is, where she struck 28 and 27, and after being caught behind for five in the first ODI.
The right-hander averages 66.29 against New Zealand in one-dayers, well above her career ODI average of 54.38 and her third best record against any country bar West Indies (79.71) and Sri Lanka (72.33), and has scored three of her 14 ODI centuries at Bay Oval.
"I feel like I’m hitting the ball well, I was a little bit frustrated in the T20s not to go on and make a big contribution, I feel like I started well there," Lanning said.
"The other day I got out early, there was movement around and the Kiwis bowled well.
"I feel like I’m hitting the ball well, I’ve just got to get through that initial period when I get out there and then cash in if I can get through that."
Australia hit the training track on Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s game, where they have a chance to seal the series and retain the Rose Bowl, a piece of silverware they have held since 2000.
It followed a rest day for the 17-player squad on Monday, which saw the majority of the group – Lanning included – take the opportunity to climb the region’s iconic Mount Maunganui.
"There were a few of us who climbed up the mount yesterday," Lanning said.
"It’s a beautiful spot we’re in and we took the opportunity to take some free time."
CommBank tour of New Zealand 2021
Australia ODI & T20I Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck
New Zealand ODI squad: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Frances Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin (wk), Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
1st T20: Australia won by six wickets
2nd T20: New Zealand won by four wickets
3rd T20: Play abandoned due to rain
1st ODI: Australia won by six wickets
All matches will be shown live in Australia on Fox Cricket and Kayo