New Zealand ready for double-header challenge: Satterthwaite


White Ferns top-order batter Amy Satterthwaite feels that her team is well equipped to overcome any challenges on the doubleheader day (28 June) where New Zealand are set to play back-to-back games with South Africa and England respectively.

“The beauty of it (playing back-to-back games) is that whatever happens in the first game, we’ve got to park it and reassess quickly to get ready for the second game,” Satterthwaite said.

Whilst admitting that playing two T20 games in the space of eight hours is demanding, the southpaw batter highlighted the need to improve the basics.

“It is going to be a huge day for us. We know that the double-header is physically and mentally going to be a big one to get up for. We are just looking forward to improving on our basics, and we are looking forward to our big challenge on Thursday,” she said.

New Zealand will first play South Africa before facing hosts England under lights at the County Ground in Bristol on Thursday, and as of now, South Africa stand a very slim chance of making it to the final on Sunday. The victory against England in their previous game, however, seemed to have injected the much-needed confidence ahead of the all-important clash versus New Zealand.

The South African spearhead Shabnim Ismail said: “Although it was a nail-biting end, it was a good win for us. It’s always nice to have a confidence-boost going into the next game and to have the momentum with us.”

Ismail also rued her team’s successive defeats and noted: “There’s always going to be ups and downs, but I always believe it’s in the way you bounce back.

“I think the way we bounced back against England, that was a real confidence booster us. We just want to go into the New Zealand game and keep the momentum with us.”

England have four points with two wins from three games while New Zealand and South Africa are tied on points with the former having an extra game to boost their chances of making it to the final on Sunday at Chelmsford. For South Africa though, they have to win against New Zealand and hope New Zealand lose to England. England have a superior net run rate, and unless the hosts lose badly, they should go through to the final.

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