Leigh Kasperek provides reminder of rare Australia vulnerability

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The New Zealand offspinner took all the pace off the ball during a spell that included three wickets in an over

Australia’s depth and confidence again shone through as they secured a 3-0 ODI series victory over New Zealand, to keep their record run going, but there was a glimpse at a potential weakness that teams could try to exploit.

Offspinner Leigh Kasperek followed her six-wicket haul in the second match with a triple-wicket maiden on Saturday as Australia slipped from 73 for 0 to 80 for 4. The key to Kasperek’s success was how slow she was able to bowl – one delivery clocked at just 38kph – which coupled with a pitch that was holding and turning gave the batters nothing to work with.

In the 12th over, Alyssa Healy was caught at long-on, Ash Gardner stumped by one which spun significantly then Rachael Haynes dragged on first ball.

It was similar to how Australia had been undone in the first match of last year’s T20 World Cup when Poonam Yadav went through them with 4 for 19.

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