Megastar to light up Rose Bowl

Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit opener Meg Lanning has already turned her attention to the national side after clinching the WT20 title last Thursday with the Southern Stars beginning their Rose Bowl series against New Zealand tomorrow.

The two rivals will meet in five Twenty20s and three one-day internationals with the first three T20s being played over the weekend at North Sydney Oval and the final two as double headers with the Australia v India men's clashes on February 1 and 3.

Lanning, who was the second highest run scorer in the WT20 with 411, says beginning the series so soon after the end of the domestic season will help the players.

"We had our domestic season finals last week and we're all in really good form coming into this series so the international calendar is something we really look forward to so we can't wait to start the games on Friday," Lanning said.

"They've got a little bit of a different side this series compared to last series, so they've got new players which is a bit of an unknown for us but we're all looking forward to the challenge and it's always a tight tussle."

"We play each other so often that we know each other's games so well so it's always a tough challenge."

Likely to form an opening partnership with New South Wales' Leah Poulton, Lanning is placing extra pressure on herself to get the side off to a good start.

"I suppose for us it's making sure we take advantage of the first six overs and get a high score and then continue on," she said.

"I think sometimes you can get off to a good start and then slow down a little bit, so I think for us it's just maintaining the run-rate throughout the innings and just trying to reduce the dominance of their batters."

Australia faces New Zealand in a Twenty20 at North Sydney tomorrow from 2.45pm with the match to be broadcast live on ABC TV.

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