World News – AU – LIVE: New Zealand limits Australia to 7-123


White ferns fight to restrict the formation of Australian star hitters in third and final T20I

A much improved bowling display from New Zealand limited Australia to 7-123 in third T20I in Brisbane

For the second time in three games, Ash Gardner (29) spared the hosts’ redness by scoring the best score on an Allan Border Field which was showing signs of wear after being used four times last week

And a new White Ferns rhythm attack took advantage of more useful conditions, both out of the wicket and under overcast skies, to disrupt the star-studded Australian batting order after the New Zealand captain Zeeland Sophie Devine won the draw and chose to play first

A fresh pair of new balls in the form of Holly Huddleston and Jess Kerr caused problems from the start, and they were well supported by Lea Tahuhu and Devine, the latter hitting first with a nice off-cutter that caught Beth Mooney behind for 11

Devine could have had two in a row when Meg Lanning flashed vaguely at the first ball she faced and caught the edge, only for the first slip Amy Satterthwaite to give a regulation chance

Lanning settled into her job with some limitations across the point and the third man, though at the other end Alyssa Healy never seemed quite settled, and her brief stint ended. finished when she cut Tahuhu straight to Katie Perkins at that point

Rachael Haynes and Lanning then followed in quick succession, both picking out fielders in Amelia Kerr’s bowling alley, and it was left to Gardner and Sophie Molineux to try to forge a meaningful partnership.

Gardner quickly picked up where she left off in the first game, leading out of the middle for four from the third ball she faced

The right-hander then engaged in a fun battle with Tahuhu, who bounced the Australian twice in as many balls; the former was hoisted for four on a thin leg and the latter was poorly timed and narrowly avoided the deep square-leg defender

Gardner then unleashed the shot from Kerr’s innings – a delicious loft workout for six on extra blanket – before she got stuck out of her crease after Hayley Jensen’s spin

Molineux (18) and Georgia Wareham (11) each added valuable runs behind the innings before the locals finally caught sight of Brisbane Heat captain Jess Jonassen with the bat in hand, the left-hander making an undefeated six in five balls as Australia hit a total they will do well to defend

Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince

New Zealand XI: Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin (sem), Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Katie Perkins, Holly Huddleston, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr

The Australian team: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), 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

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

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World News – AU – LIVE: New Zealand Zealand limits Australia to 7-123



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