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May 15, 2010
Match factsSunday, May 16, Barbados
Report : Australia shut down NZ for thrilling trophy win
News : Blackwell believed in her bowlers
News : In-form foes in final grudge match
Report : McGlashan fires New Zealand into final
Report : Blackwell steers Australia into final
Series/Tournaments: ICC Women's World Twenty20
The Big PictureIt's been ten years since the New Zealand women pipped Australia to the post with a four-run win to get their first world title. The players have changed and so has the venue. But the Trans-Tasman rivalry hasn't.
The back-to-back world titles got England a lot of positive attention from the media, the fans and the board. The two finalists who meet in Barbados after the men's final will hope for some of the same back home. Australian players were handed national contracts in 2008 but New Zealand Cricket is yet to offer the same to its players. Perhaps three consecutive final appearances will be the clincher.
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Aimee Watkins, the New Zealand captain, is an attacking and experienced opening batsman as well as a handy offspinner. She took 3 for 26 in the semi-final against West Indies.
Allrounder Shelley Nitschke has been Australia's star player for the last two years. She has made 88 and taken four wickets in four games of the World Twenty20 so far.
Left-arm quick Sian Ruck didn't play the semi-final but since the Kensington Oval wicket is expected to be seamer-friendly, New Zealand may pick the bowler who had a lot of success in the previous tournament in England.
Quotes"Number two doesn't sit too well with us after two second places last year so we are definitely looking to go one better."
"It would be a first, I think, to have teams from the same country winning both the men's and women's titles. We are going to give it a red-hot go in the final."
Australian captain Alex Blackwell relishes the thought of a World Cup double.
* Australia tied their first game of the World Twenty20 with England and won the match after the Super Over Eliminator.
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