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'Back to zero' for Silver Ferns

04:32 Thu Sep 20 2012
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Anna Harrison of the Silver Ferns controls the ball during the Constellation Cup match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns (Getty)
Anna Harrison of the Silver Ferns controls the ball during the Constellation Cup match between the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns (Getty)

The Silver Ferns will go back to zero when they step on court for the second netball Test against Australia in Auckland.

They might be 1-0 up and in with a shot of wrapping up the three-Test series early with victory at Vector Arena on Thursday night, but defender Anna Harrison knows Australia will be fired up to keep the series alive.

"We've got one win under the belt, but it's out of three, so it's back to zero and we have to do it again," she said.

In the opening Test in Melbourne, Harrison operated in the slightly unfamiliar position of wing defence, rather than in the circle as she does for the Northern Mystics.

But she's worn the WD bib at other times during her 65 appearances for the Silver Ferns, most memorably in the gold medal-winning overtime thriller against Australia in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Moving into the mid-court did require a change in mindset and she is "reasonably happy" with her performance in Melbourne.

One thing she is looking to improve if she is retained there for the second Test is her decision-making on attack.

She also expects the Diamonds to come up with other ways to combat her height and her reach so she's preparing to face a different challenge.

Coach Waimarama Taumaunu said Harrison had always been in the mix as a wing defence option.

"I think people have forgotten how effective she was out there for us in Delhi," she said.

"In terms of our box of tools, she always been there. That's always something we considered and practised throughout the period since Delhi."

The reason Harrison hadn't been used there more often was that it was hard to overlook the experience of Joline Henry, who is unavailable for this series because of pregnancy.