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World In Their Grasp

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World In Their Grasp

World In Their Grasp

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The core of the WHITE FERNS team contesting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia know the conditions only too well, having starred for their teams in the recent Women’s Big Bash League. It could just make the difference.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

This is Sophie Devine’s time.

Always a threat on the international stage, New Zealand’s star allrounder now has the experience and skill to leverage her immense talent into titles for her team.

Fresh from being named player of the tournament in the 2019 Women’s Big Bash League, Devine is set to return to Australia as the spearhead of a WHITE FERNS side among the favourites to win this month’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Devine’s 769 runs boosted her Adelaide Strikers to the WBBL final in December, while she was fourth in the wicket-taking stakes too. The Strikers were beaten in the decider by a Brisbane Heat side featuring fellow WHITE FERNS Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green, but these three weren’t the only New Zealanders to shine on finals weekend.

Suzie Bates, who has scored more Women’s T20 World Cup runs (881) than any other player, was there too, as Devine’s opening partner, while fast bowler Lea Tahuhu led the Melbourne Renegades’ semifinal challenge.

Then there were the Kiwis whose sides failed to make the finals – like Katey Martin and Rachel Priest – who used the tournament to provide a great platform for the world cup.

Devine, Priest, Kerr and Green, along with WHITE FERNS spinner Leigh Kasperek, have since prospered for the Wellington Blaze in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition.

Now the preliminaries are over and it is all about World T20 glory. After a disappointing 2016 tournament, in which the WHITE FERNS failed to make the semifinals, new coach Bob Carter has brought a real air of optimism with him. If Devine can replicate her WBBL form, then Bates, Priest, Kerr and co are the ideal supporting cast to help the WHITE FERNS create a bit of history.

By Hamish Bidwell - Skywatch, February 2020

Sky Sport LIVE:

New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Saturday 22nd – Midnight SS2
India v New Zealand: Thursday 27th – 5pm SS2
New Zealand v Bangladesh: Saturday 29th – 1pm SS3


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