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Cut Diamonds want redemption

ENGLAND is about to suffer the wrath of an Australian team stung by its shock 52-47 loss to New Zealand at the World Cup.

The Diamonds were unbackable favourites to win the tournament, bringing the world No.1 ranking and a 19-match winning streak to the event in Sydney.

But after dominant wins against Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, the aura of invincibility was shattered by the second-ranked Silver Ferns.

Vice-captain Kim Green (left) said the team could not wait to have the chance to make amends against world No.3 England in the first of the second-phase pool games tonight.

"We are fired up," the mid-courter said. "I can tell you every single one of those players, as soon as we walked back into that changeroom (after the Kiwi loss), wanted to get back out there and play that all over again."

Shooter Caitlin Bassett and defender Julie Corletto will play their 50th games for Australia in the match. England was unbeaten in its Pool B games, accounting for Scotland, Jamaica and Samoa.


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