New Zealand Women’s cricket team will be looking to prevent a series whitewash when they face Australia at the Bay Oval on Saturday.
The White Ferns have been on the receiving end of two defeats in Mount Maunganui so far as their Trans-Tasman rivals secured the Rose Bowl this week.
Australia also secured the world record for an international cricket winning streak of 22 in the first ODI, extending that record to 23 with the series win on Wednesday night.
However, the mood in the White Ferns camp remains positive ahead of the third and final clash of the current series against the all-conquering Australians.
“It’s exciting,” says all-rounder Melie Kerr. “Representing your country is always special. It would be great if we could take the series to be 2-1 and to take a game off of Australia.
“They are a quality side but we have competed really well and are making a lot of improvements so hopefully tomorrow we can put the complete performance together.”
Kerr, herself only 20-years-old, is excited by the talented young players coming through and has seen plenty of positives from the two defeats so far to suggest New Zealand can put an end to Australia’s winning run in Mount Maunganui this weekend.
“If you look at the side we have got a lot of youth at the moment and players coming through,” says Kerr. “I think it is exciting to see those players coming through.”
“I think we have set really good platforms in both games to either set a big score or chase down the score Australia have got but we just have not been able to get the job done. I think there are positive signs that we are getting ourselves into winning positions.”
Challenging herself against the best in the world is certainly something Kerr is happy to be doing.
“You don’t want to play a game that is too easy so it is always good getting out there and challenging yourself,” she says.
“We’ve got good plans in place and if you play to your strengths I think that is the most important thing.”
As for their time on the current tour, it seems despite the series loss the White Ferns remain upbeat and of the belief the positives showcase they remain on the right track.
“It has been a really good vibe on this tour,” says Kerr. “I think the culture is definitely there and we are all excited to play cricket. We’re excited about how we are tracking and I think we are heading in the right direction.
“As I said, tomorrow’s another opportunity and it is exciting for the group and we are looking forward to it.”