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Cricket news - Lanning seeks return to run-making in dead rubber

"I had a good hit out there in the middle of the Junction which for me was a great confidence boost to get used to batting out in the middle again" - Lanning

Australia captain Meg Lanning has been short of runs in the ongoing series against New Zealand, having scored 6 and 3 in the first two ODIs of the Rose Bowl series, and is looking to set it right in the dead rubber of a third and final ODI at Melbourne's Junction Oval on Sunday (March 3).

"I'd like to make some runs," the 26-year-old said. "Obviously the first couple of games haven't gone as I would have liked, but I guess the great thing for our team is different people have stepped up at different times."

Lanning headed into the series after an impressive stint in the Women's Big Bash League, scoring 70-plus runs in five games. Having failed against a side she's had found major success in the past, Lanning is determined to make it right and hopes that her 39-ball 33 against Victoria in the practice match at the very ground that will host the third ODI will work its magic.

"You don't often get a chance to play a scratch match at the venue where you'll play, so we got a good sense of what the conditions will be like and to be honest, playing a match is way better than any nets session you could have," Lanning said. "It was a great hit out for the girls, we went about it in a really good way and everyone got something out of it.

"I've been working hard at training and making sure I'm good to go. I had a good hit out there in the middle of the Junction which for me was a great confidence boost to get used to batting out in the middle again. I've been working hard and hopefully that translates into runs tomorrow."

With the series already won, Australia may want to shuffle the side up a bit. Nicola Carey, who missed the first two ODIs with a back issue, is available again.

"We had a look at the pitch today and everyone trained which is good, we'll have a chat this afternoon and decide what the best combination is," Lanning said. "All three (Carey, Cheatle and Kimmince) bring something different, which I think has been a strength of our team with that variety. It'll be a difficult decision to get that final team but we're in a good position to be able to pick from a strong squad."

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