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Hamstrung Ellyse Perry to miss New Zealand series

Skipper Meg Lanning said on Tuesday that the injury this time was to a different muscle in the same hamstring.

“She is doing everything she can to be available as soon as possible. It’s a very complex injury and hard to get the timing on when certain things will happen,” Lanning said.

“It’s really important to take the time before do we put her out on the field. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later but we will have to see how it pans out.”

Perry captains the strong Sydney Sixers WBBL squad, including fellow Australian stars Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Erin Burns.

Lanning said her long-time teammate was disappointed but had retained a positive vibe among the playing group.

“She will remain with the [Australian] team to continue her rehab and training in the hope of being available at some point during the WBBL,” Lanning said.

Enjoying an unassailable 2-0 series lead, the Australians may have already secured their 10th-straight Twenty20 series victory, including two World Cups, but are intent on maintaining momentum in the third and final match at Allan Border Field on Wednesday.

Meg Lanning in action for Australia in Sunday's Twenty20 win over New Zealand.

Meg Lanning in action for Australia in Sunday’s Twenty20 win over New Zealand.Credit:Getty Images

Lanning said her side had built a ruthless mentality.

“I think we have developed that over a period of time,” she said.

“We don’t rely on one or two players. As we saw in the first game, Ash Gardner was able to step up and make a match-winning contribution, so that gives us a lot of confidence that if our top order with the bat, for example, doesn’t fire, we have still got real depth to be able to get us over the line.

“Even when things don’t go our way the whole game, we are able to fight through and I think that’s a really important quality to have.”

The Australians enjoyed strong performances with the bat, ball and in the field in Sunday’s eight-wicket win with 20 balls to spare against the White Ferns. Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Lanning and Beth Mooney were impressive with the bat, while Georgia Wareham and Delissa Kimmince each claimed three wickets and Sophie Molineux two, the latter named player of the match.

Lanning said she didn’t think the home side would make many, if any, changes for the final match but the fast bowlers would be monitored.

“We can’t stand still and expect to keep performing and dominating. We need to keep improving our side,” she said.

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“The drive for us to get better is still there which is great to see, especially given the success we have had over the last few years.”

Once this Twenty20 series is done, the Australians – with 18-straight one-day international wins – can take aim at equalling the all-time record of 21 consecutive ODI victories, held by Ricky Ponting’s side in 2003 if they can win all three matches of the Rose Bowl series.

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