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Aust coach dismisses NZ’s T20 WCup claim

By AAP Newswire

Australia women's coach Matthew Mott is not buying New Zealand's claims that they have "nothing to lose" in the teams' sudden-death Twenty20 World Cup encounter.

The trans-Tasman rivals will battle it out in Melbourne on Monday, with the winner progressing to the semi-finals.

After New Zealand's thrilling three-run loss to undefeated India on Thursday, experienced Kiwi batter Katey Martin delivered the first sledge.

"It's effectively a quarter-final for us and, you know, we've got nothing to lose," she said. "All the pressure is on Australia, it's their home World Cup."

Australia entered the tournament as overwhelming favourites to defend the crown they won in 2018 but Mott insisted he was perplexed by the White Ferns' talk.

"I always find that fascinating, when teams want to throw that out there," he said.

"There's a World Cup up for grabs. Anyone who says that it means less to them ... I'm not sure where the motivation for that is.

"We're desperate to keep doing well and give ourselves an opportunity to get through this stage and get to a semi-final.

"I'm pretty sure New Zealand would be thinking exactly the same thing, no matter what they want to throw out there. I'm pretty sure it means just as much to them as it does to us."

Australia have been in do-or-die mode since dropping their opening group game to India.

Led by blazing knocks from openers Alyssa Healy (83) and Beth Mooney (81 not out), Australia recorded a resounding 86-run win against Bangladesh on Thursday night for their second win of the World Cup after defeating Sri Lanka on Monday.

The only downside from the Bangladesh victory was a hip injury for superstar Ellyse Perry, placing her in doubt to face New Zealand, although Mott is backing the 29-year-old to play through any lingering pain.