Diamonds ready for England test
Australia will go into their much-anticipated Commonwealth Games gold-medal rematch at full strength after surviving their first match of the Quad Series without injury.
Coach Lisa Alexander said the Diamonds emerged from their 61-44 victory over South Africa in good shape and ready to take on the English roses in Newcastle on Wednesday.
“We have no worries, no injuries, just a few niggles,” Alexander (pictured) said after sending 11 of her 12 players on to the court for the series opener in Auckland on Saturday.
“It’s great to be able to finally focus on the England game. We haven’t talked about it yet.
“And hopefully the nerves are now out. This is a new adventure and it’s time to slug it out.” The Quad Series matches mark the first internationals played by Australia since being pipped 51-52 for the gold medal on the Gold Coast.
It was the first netball gold for England and saw them usurp New Zealand from the No. 2 spot on the netball world rankings, while Australia retained their top position.
Coached by Tracey Neville, England on Saturday also started their Quad Series on a high note with a 52-39 thumping of the Silver Ferns.