Women’s World Cup: New Zealand ready for tournament, have had fantastic preparation, says Sophie Devine

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Women's World Cup: New Zealand ready for tournament, have had fantastic preparation, says Sophie Devine
Women's World Cup: New Zealand ready for tournament, have had fantastic preparation, says Sophie Devine

Women’s World Cup: New Zealand ready for tournament, have had fantastic preparation, says Sophie Devine

Women’s World Cup: The Women’s 50-over World Cup will begin a year later than scheduled due to COVID-19, with New Zealand taking on the West Indies at the Bay Oval in Tauranga.

New Zealand enters the competition with a 4-1 series win over India and a thrashing of Australia in their second warm-up match, which included Devine’s 161 not out, a fantastic start to the main event of the World Cup.

“It’s hugely exciting. It’s been a tournament that’s long been coming up with Covid delays here and there but to think that we finally here, tomorrow it all kicks off, it is certainly extremely exciting,” she said during a virtual press conference.

“I know this group is ready, we have obviously had fantastic prep, we have come off a heavy diet of cricket over the summer. And I don’t think we could be any better prepared heading into this World Cup, so we’re really excited to finally get going. It’ll be interesting to see how the sleep goes tonight. I’ve tried to have a few naps today and they’ve not been that successful,” she added.

New Zealand is ranked fifth in the ICC One-Day International team rankings. But Devine knows that the entire country of Aotearoa is rooting for them to reach the final on April 3.

“This tournament has been a long time coming and there is absolutely going to be nerves. There is going to be pressure, there is going to be an expectation. We’d be silly to think that those things won’t be there. Especially being a home World Cup and the host country, there is an expectation there,” said Devine.

“But again, we’ve spoken at length as a group that we can only control what we can control and that is out on that cricket field. We’re embracing all the small wee different things but there’s a lot of familiarity. Obviously coming back here to Bay Oval, we have played a lot of cricket here. We’ve done a lot of training camps here. So it’s nice to come back to familiar surroundings,” she added.