Time to regroup and reassess our plans for the rest of the series, says Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine in action. © Getty Images

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine said that her side will need to take some to regroup and reassess their plans after their defeat in the second T20I against Australia at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Sunday (September 27). The visitors lost the match by eight wickets as the hosts comfortably chased down a below-par target of 128.

“We’ll take the next day or two to really regroup, look at our plans again and how we can execute and what we need to do to beat a strong Australian side,” Devine said during the post-match media interaction. “I think today we were poor again and we were completely outplayed by a quality Australian side in all facets of the game.”

While admitting that it was “both a blessing and a curse” to play back-to-back games, Devine said the side were unable to execute their plans with both bat and ball in either game.

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“It can be a blessing and a curse to have games that close together – you don’t have too much time to dwell on things, and likewise you might not necessarily have to chance to correct a few wrongs. Today, we were poor with the ball. They came at us hard which we know they would do. Because that’s how they play when they have got a good batting line-up like they do.”

“I think we were outplayed was across the park – not just with the bat, it was with the ball as well. And I think that’s what makes Australia such a great side, they don’t let you get away with too much,” she said.

On the close stumping call of Amy Satterthwaite, Devine said she could not comment on whether the decision was right or wrong without taking a closer look. However, she added that the loss could not be attributed to that one moment in the game.

“You certainly think that it can go either way, and hopefully we get a few going our way. […] We didn’t win the game, we didn’t deserve it. It is not probably right to point fingers at the umpires when you have issues to look at first.”

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With the visitors already having lost the series with a game to go, Devine suggested that they might make a few changes to the line-up depending on how the players recover.

“I think we’ll take a day to reassess and see how people pull up. Obviously playing two back to back international matches is pretty tough on anyone, so we’ll see how we go pulling up tomorrow,” she said, adding that Lauren Down, who was hit on her elbow during the batting innings, may be in doubt.

“We probably have to look at our plans and what our best matchups are. If we have to make changes in the team, bring someone else to do the job, then the best thing is we have got 17 players to choose from,” she concluded.

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