The Courier-Mail

Alexander rests stars to reset Diamonds

- DAMIEN STANNARD

KIM Ravaillion will be the first player rested when a rejuvenate­d Australian team is picked for the trans-Tasman Test netball series in October.

Retirement­s and fatigue management will result in a changing of the guard for the Constellat­ion Cup when captain Laura Geitz leads a revamped side to the one that lifted the World Cup in Sydney 13 days ago.

Melbourne Vixen Liz Watson and Queensland Firebird Gabi Simpson (pictured) are in line for debuts as coach Lisa Alexander considers how best to replace retired trio Julie Corletto, Kim Green and Rebecca Bulley.

To guard against player burnout, Alexander will name two sides for the New Zealand and Australian legs of the fourTest series.

That is likely to mean a diminished workload for Ravaillion, who has missed only two games since making her internatio­nal debut as a teenager in 2013.

“The younger ones do not like having a break. They think they are indestruct­ible,” Alexander said.

“It’s particular­ly hard with Ravi because she just loves playing but I need to look at load management in the short and long term.”

Ravaillion has played 79 matches for Australia and the Firebirds since the national team’s tour of England at the start of 2013 and showed some signs of wear and tear towards the end of last year’s Commonweal­th Games and Constellat­ion Cup campaign.

But the coach may have a difficult time convincing nonstop Ravaillion to take a rest.

“I’ve had two weeks off since the World Cup so I am feeling fresh,” the centre said.

“I understand Lisa is looking to the future but I really love my netty and don’t feel burned out.”

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