The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are back on the cricket pitch this summer following their magnificent ICC World Twenty20 win in Sri Lanka earlier this month. The team will play New Zealand in the opening match of the 2012-13 Rose Bowl Series at the prestigious Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on 12 December.
The return to the 50-over format comes at a key time for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars as they prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in February.
The traditional series between the two rivals will be up for grabs for the 26th time, with Australia having the edge over the Kiwis winning the coveted women’s cricket prize 21 times.
The four-match Series will begin on 12 December at the SCG and finish on 19 December, with the other three matches being played at the North Sydney Oval.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Captain Jodie Fields said the Rose Bowl was something the team always looked forward to.
"The Kiwis are always fierce competition and that trans-Tasman rivalry always adds something a little bit special to the matches.
"The games will also provide us with a fantastic opportunity to get back into the longer form of the game after Sri Lanka, in preparation for the 50-over World Cup in India early next year. That tournament is going to be tough as the competition will be very strong, but I believe we have what it takes to win," Fields said.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars will also play an International Series against a New Zealand A side next month at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney. The four-match Series begins on 14 November and will finish on 21 November.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick said: "It is great to be able to provide an opportunity for the Shooting Stars players to get game time against quality opposition. The team provides a great pathway for younger players into the top side and we saw that with Nicola Carey’s call-up for the ICC T20 tournament earlier this month.
"The focus for the summer is all about preparing for the World Cup, we have come off a fantastic tournament in Sri Lanka and we will be focussing on going number one in both formats. We saw in Sri Lanka that the gap between the top four teams and the rest is getting closer so it should make for an exciting tournament," she added.