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‘It’s good to be put under the pump’ – Rachael Haynes after Australia Women’s defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup warm-ups

Rachael Haynes

Australia Women’s vice-captain Rachael Haynes isn’t much fussed after her team lost the 2022 World Cup warm-up match to New Zealand by nine wickets. On Tuesday, March 1 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, hosts White Ferns stamped their authority after chasing down 325 with 6.5 overs to spare.

New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine went hammer and tongs to stay unbeaten on 161 off 117 balls with the help of 23 fours and four sixes. Starting with, she was involved in a 119-run stand with Suzie Bates, who scored 63 off 68, laced with eight fours.

Thereafter, Devine and Amelia Kerr’s unbeaten 206-run stand off 22.5 overs blew Meg Lanning and Co. away. Kerr carried on with her impressive run of form from the India series and scored an unbeaten 75-ball 92, decorated with 13 fours.

For Australia, barring Alana King, who made her international debut back in January, none of the Aussie bowlers could pick up a wicket.

Rachael Haynes on Australia losing the World Cup warm-up game

Rachael Haynes, who became a parent with Leigh Poluton back in October, reckoned that the loss could be a blessing in disguise for Australia before the World Cup.

“I think it’s a good thing to be put under the pump, particularly in a practice game. That’s really hard to contrive at training. Perhaps (it could give) different players the confidence to go to different plans earlier, and those sorts of things,” Haynes told the reporters.

Haynes didn’t have a great outing after fast bowler Lea Tahuhu dismissed her for only two runs. Skipper Lanning top-scored for the team with an 86-ball knock of 87. Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Ashleigh Gardener notched half-centuries for Australia. Tahlia McGrath, who recently got the Player of the Series award against England, couldn’t open her account.

Australia started their warm-ups with a thumping 90-run win over Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies on February 27, but the loss to New Zealand has pushed them back. Their opening game in the main round is against defending champions England on Saturday, March 5 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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