Maddy Green wants batters to take confidence from the win going into fourth ODI

Maddy Green looks on after playing the winning shot in second T20I © Getty Images

New Zealand star Maddy Green has said that the win against England on Tuesday (September 21) was satisfying as a batter after losing the first two ODIs from a good position.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Green said that the bowlers had put them in a good position earlier as well, adding, “Our bowlers have been going exceptionally well in all three games, and bowling a really quality side out three times in a row is no mean feat.”

“From a batter’s point of view, to finish the job and make sure we got a win was really satisfying, and I hope that it gives the batting unit as a whole real confidence that we can beat these guys.”

Green walked in to bat at No. 3 in the fifth over, with the tourists trying hard to keep the five-match series alive. She saw Lauren Down get out a couple of overs later from the other end. Joined by Amy Satterthwaite, Green struck a partnership, adding 72 runs for the third wicket.

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Though a mini-collapse followed in the middle-order, Green remained not out till the end, taking New Zealand across the line with Lea Tahuhu, who scored 19 runs from 15 balls.

Green finished was the player of the match for her match-winning 70* fro 106 balls. Speaking about her role in that start-studded batting line-up, she said, “I have batted in a lot of different spots over the years. I have been in the team. To win a really important game for us, in the context of this series, is really satisfying.”

“We talked about as a batting unit someone taking the onus at the top of the order and putting partnerships together. I knew, with wickets going around me, my job was to see it through.”

Earlier, with the ball, New Zealand seamers were all over England, particularly, Tahuhu, registering her career-best ODI figures – 5/37. She had ample support at the other end from Sophie Devine and the debutant Molly Penfold – who took two wickets for 42 runs.

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Green was all praise for the fast bowlers, especially, Tahuhu, who she felt, should have won the Player of the Match award instead of her. “I thought she and Sophie today really set the innings up. (They were) just relentless, I thought. She probably should be sitting where I am. (She was) the Player of the Match, in my opinion.”

When asked about the threat received by the England and Wales Cricket Board, Green said that they have confidence in the security measures put forward by the hosts and are happy to go forward with the series.

Though Green was delighted to get back to winning ways, she was wary of the fact that England still lead the series 2-1, with two more matches to go. “We all know, as a group, we have made some really good strides over this winter. We have been working really hard, and it is nice to see it come off with a win. Having said that, we are still 2-1 down, all to play for on Thursday and the final game as well,” she concluded.