Sudden death! Australia's World Cup defence on the line
Australia face New Zealand in their final World Cup group match faced with a simple equation: a semi-final spot for the winners; an early exit for the losers. An equation tilted in Australia’s favour with the news that Ellyse Perry is fit to play. FOLLOW LIVE!
Perry in doubt for Kiwi clash
After two T20 World Cup wins and one loss for the green and gold, it all comes down to this: a do-or-die game against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at Melbourne’s Junction Oval with a semi-final place on the line.
The winner will join India, South Africa and England to complete the final four.
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And the good news for Australia is that star allrounder Ellyse Perry has recovered from a hip injury that forced her from the field toward the end of the Aussies’ convincing win over Bangladesh in Canberra last week and will play today.
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Much has been talked about Perry’s fitness this tournament, first around her shoulder and now her hip but Meg Lanning said on Sunday that the world’s No. 1 ranked T20 allrounder would be given every chance to get up for the game. And she has passed a fitness test this afternoon.
Spin options could prove the real key to the game, and Sophie Molineux could be recalled if she has recovered from a corked thigh.
For the White Ferns, their spin sensation Amelia Kerr could prove her importance, but their captain Sophie Devine – known for her big hitting over the fence – will be the danger player for the Aussies and they will be looking to get her out early.
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