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New Zealand captain Sophie Devine believes there is no better time to try and topple the powerful Australians, with both teams resuming the game from a standing start following six months without cricket.

New Zealand will begin by facing a home side without allrounder Ellyse Perry who is not yet available following the hamstring injury which curtailed her T20 World Cup earlier this year campaign and required surgery. Australia captain Meg Lanning remained hopeful Perry will play a part during the series of three T20Is and three ODIs but she won’t be rushed back.

“She’s still working through her return-to-play plan; when she ticks off all those markers she’ll be available,” Lanning said. “We won’t see her tomorrow but she’s doing everything she can to get up and play.”

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New Zealand have lost their last five T20Is against Australia although the most recent was a closely fought four-run defeat in what was a knockout match at the group stage of the T20 World Cup. Before that they had secured three T20I series in a row, albeit dating back to 2013 when only a handful of the current players were involved, but the one-day record has been very one-sided with Australia holding the Rose Bowl trophy for 20 years.

“The great thing about it is we are almost level pegging: no side has played cricket for close to six months, so it will be the side that adapts quickest and can get back into the flow of playing,” Devine said. “Think we are in a great position; the build-up we’ve had – if there’s any time to knock them over it’s now.

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“There’s been so many games against Australia where it has come down the last over, the last wicket, a handful of runs. It shows that we are close. For us it’s about having the confidence and belief that we can win these games.

“We know how strong the Australians are and the success they’ve had and we almost need to get into that mentality that we can win from any position. We know we are close to this Australian side.”

The unusual situation created by the pandemic meant that the same two teams played each other yesterday in a warm-up match which Australia won by 11 runs after a late New Zealand collapse. Both captains suggested they did not show their full hand to the opposition although Devine admitted there isn’t much the teams don’t know about each other.

“We probably did hold back a little bit, you don’t want to show all our cards too soon, but the thing with the women’s game over the last couple of years is that there’s no hiding, all our games are on TV now, so you are doing well to hide all your secrets from opposition players,” Devine said.

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Amelia and Jess Kerr discuss playing together at the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia and how it can influence young kids to participate in cricket.

Lanning acknowledged that New Zealand had matchwinners in their team, not least captain Devine who clubbed 89 off 73 balls on Thursday, but was confident about her squad which includes some fresh and recalled faces among the expanded size of 18 players, with Belinda Vakarewa’s performance on Thursday where she took 2 for 31 earning praise.

“Yesterday was a practice game; tomorrow is the real stuff and it will be a tight contest,” she said. “The proof will be in the pudding over the next 10 days. They all did a good job [in the warm-up]. Sophie Devine was coming pretty hard, so it was a great to experience that.

“Belinda Vakarewa was really impressive, especially with the new ball, Suzie Bates came out pretty hard, too, and she was able to get her wicket in the end. To have new players come into the squad who haven’t been involved in a while, to be able to play so well is really encouraging.”

Spin is likely to play a key role in both series. Australia claimed eight wickets with it in the warm-up, including five to Sophie Molineux. “Our spinners have done a good job over a long period of time. [It] Will be tough to get that final XI picked,” Lanning said.

New Zealand will be without two key spinners. Leigh Kasperek, who had to remain in Scotland due to travel restrictions, and Anna Peterson (personal reasons), are not available for the tour, but Devine took the positive form the situation.

“This series has given a chance for more players to step up,” she said. “We need to expose more players to the international level. It presents a unique opportunity for players.”

She was also hopeful of a little inside knowledge on the local conditions at Allan Border Field, which will stage all six matches, from the Brisbane Heat WBBL duo of Maddy Green and Amelia Kerr.

“Them being based here has certainly given them some good intel around how it can play,” Devine said. “They were fantastic last year with the Heat. That’s the great thing about the WBBL: the players learn so much about opposition and, as I said, there’s no hiding.”

There will be a minute’s silence before play in memory of the late Dean Jones and the Australia team will wear black armbands.

Australia squad Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa

New Zealand squad Sophie Devine (capt), Suzie Bates, Natalie Dodd, Deanna Doughty, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jenson, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021

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Matt Quinn claimed the third Glamorgan wicket to fall but only 6.2 overs were possible

Glamorgan 64 for 3 trail Kent 307 by 243 runs

Glamorgan moved to 64 for 3 against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light.

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of 2 for 10. Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively.

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections.

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 diehard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55 for 2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score.

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long-off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021

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Only 11 overs possible at wet Wantage Road, with Keaton Jennings the batter to fall

Lancashire 75 for 1 vs Northamptonshire

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for 1 after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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In the ongoing Group 3 match between Kent and Glamorgan of County Championship 2021 at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, a funny incident involving Glamorgan wicketkeeper captain Chris Cooke captured everyone’s attention.

It all happened in the 28th over of Kent’s first innings bowled by Australian pacer Michael Neser. The fast-bowler bowled a short of a good length delivery around the middle and leg stump which was tapped by Sam Billings down to fine leg for a single.

The fielder collected the ball and threw it towards the strikers’ end. Cooke, who was standing behind the wickets, quickly came near the stumps to collect the red leather. The throw was a bit off target and while catching the ball, the wicketkeeper ended up crashing over the stumps before falling onto the ground. As soon as Cooke fell, his teammates couldn’t control their emotions and burst out in laughter.

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Darren Stevens rescues Kent with a sensational ton

After winning the toss, Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and bundled them out for 307 runs. 45-year-old Darren Stevens was the main highlight in Kent’s innings. The senior lad went on to score 190 from 145 deliveries rescuing his team, which was struggling for 128/8 at one stage.

Stevens formed a 166-run partnership for the 9th wicket with tailender Miguel Cummins, who contributed with just 1 run. It became the highest first-class partnerships in which one player scored more than 90% of the runs.

Stevens smashed 15 fours and as many sixes to score 150 runs by just boundaries out of his total 190 runs knock.

In reply, Glamorgan have made 55/2 in 19.4 overs before the wet outfield stopped play. Stevens, who shined with the bat, proved his mettle in the bowling as well. The all-rounder dismissed Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne for just 11 runs.

WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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