Fallen Southern Stars hope to shine in Rose Bowl defence

Ready to return: Ellyse Perry. Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe Southern Stars will seek redemption for their shock Twenty20 series defeat to the White Ferns when the two nations begin a three-match one-day series in New Zealand on Sunday.
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Australia has made a late inclusion for the Rose Bowl series, drafting veteran batter Rachael Haynes, 30, into the squad.

Haynes has played 33 one-day internationals, averaging 31.28 and could boost a batting line-up which struggled in games two and three of the T20 series against the White Ferns. The left-hander from Victoria was also part of the winning squad which claimed the 2013 women’s World Cup.

Haynes’ return comes amid injury worries, with vice-captain Alex Blackwell straining a hamstring in the heavy loss on Wednesday.

Champion allrounder Ellyse​ Perry is due to return to the side, having missed the T20 series because of a hamstring injury she suffered during the Women’s Big Bash League. Perry’s one-day form has been superb in recent times, notching 17 half-centuries in her past 24 innings.

Australian selector Shawn​ Flegler​ said Perry and Blackwell were expected to be fit for the one-day series.

“We expect both Alex and Ellyse to feature throughout the upcoming series against New Zealand. However, we want to ensure both players are 100 per cent fit on their return,” he said.

“Rachael is a proven performer at this level with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so we are looking forward to having her around the group and know she will be ready to go if called upon.”

The Stars were fired out for 66 – their lowest score in T20 cricket – by the White Ferns in Adelaide, having been 5-9 after a superb opening spell from Lea Tahuhu and Holly Huddleston. They had also limped to 9-61 in a rain-marred loss in Geelong on Sunday.

This could prompt a shake-up in the top order, with a call to be made on No.3 Ashleigh Gardner, who had scores of 0, 5 and 0 on her international debut in the T20 series.

Skipper Meg Lanning has demanded more of her team, with the Ferns determined to regain the Rose Bowl for the first time in 17 years.

“We move into one-day cricket now which is a nice shift for us but we’ve got to learn from it and see what we can do better, because we’re going to come up against the same (bowlers),” she said.

“There’s plenty for us to think about. We need to come up with a few different plans and really think our way through more than we have.”

The Stars were beaten 2-1 in the Twenty20 series by the White Ferns last summer but rebounded to win the one-day campaign in New Zealand.

Rose Bowl series:

26 February: First ODI, Eden Park No.2, Auckland

2 March: Second ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

5 March: Third ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

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