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The T20I series of three games against the "reference team" New Zealand later this month will be a "big test" and will help Australia to assess its position in the format before the T20 World Cup in November, according to the coach of the female team Matthew Mott.

"New Zealand has been the most consistent side of the format in recent years, they are a reference team, so we will have a great measure of where we are," said Mott cricket.com.au .

While Australia enter the series with confidence, on the back of a series of three wins against India and England in March, where they also posted their highest total of 209 in format – a world record since it broke for New Zealand and then England – they have a winless streak against New Zealand dating back to 2012, to correct. Since then, the two teams have played three bilateral T20 series and New Zealand won each 2-1.

"We have definitely taken a step forward in India with the cricket style we play, even the cricket fans I have spoken to back here have really noticed how much the players accepted that style of play we would be looking for," said Mott. "I think we've taken a lot of confidence from the India tour, but in this format New Zealand is as good an opposition as we can hope to play."

The last time the teams met in the shortest format of the game in the beginning of 2017, the Australian hitters disappointed them by failing to achieve total lows in the second and third games, after taking the lead with a victory of 40 races in the first game of the series. But Mott felt that they were now better equipped to handle similar situations, if they were to face them in the next series.

"We looked back on the series that we played against them and we probably lost that, instead of winning, because we launched them a couple of times and we should have crossed the line but we did not. if we put ourselves in the same position as the last time, I think we are ready to finish the job and that will be the growth that we hope to have seen at that moment. "

The T20 series of three matches starts on September 29 at the North Sydney Oval.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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