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Bates calls for NZ calm under pressure

15 July 2017

New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates gets on the front foot against England // Getty



Sudden-death final pool match to decide who fills the fourth and final spot in the semi-finals

New Zealand will turn to their Amelia Kerr-led spin attack in their sudden-death final pool match against India at the women's cricket World Cup.

The winner of the match between fourth-placed India and the fifth-placed White Ferns will qualify for the semi-finals, alongside hosts England, defending champions Australia and South Africa.

The losers will go home, a prospect captain Suzie Bates can barely stomach the thought of.

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"It's a do-or-die match and that brings pressure and that's what this group has to learn to deal with," Bates said.

"I think we're going to turn up and bring our A-game. I'm excited to see what this group can do under pressure."

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The 75-run loss to England at the same County Ground venue in Derby on Wednesday hasn't altered Bates' thinking that fielding three spinners is her team's best approach.

Offspinner Leigh Kasperek was added to the favoured XI midway through the tournament and has proved effective, working with legspinners Amelia Kerr and Erin Bermingham.

Even the prospect of a fresh pitch is unlikely to sway Bates.

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"As captain, I believe that your best bowlers are your best bowlers and we've got three very good spinners.

"We think the quality of that we have, we want to pick them."

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Kerr has been the standout. Her four scalps against England lifted her to second-equal on the tournament's wicket-taking list on 10. She sits three behind another legspinner, South African Dane van Niekerk.

"That's the key in this tournament, you've got to take wickets," Bates said.

"She's been brilliant and she keeps continuing to surprise us.

"You sort of forget she's 16. The way she plays her cricket, she's not intimidated by anyone."

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Big-hitting allrounder Sophie Devine is likely to be selected despite suffering a side strain against England.

Bates said Devine probably won't bowl her seamers, as was the case in Wednesday's loss.

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