England's netball team can complete a series whitewash of Australia, says Tamsin Greenway

By Oli Burley - @SkySportsOli.   Last Updated: 24/01/13 3:15pm

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England's players celebrate taking an unassailable lead in the International Netball Series

England's players celebrate taking an unassailable lead in the International Netball Series

England's netball team is capable of completing a series whitewash of Australia, says Tamsin Greenway.

Anna Mayes' side claimed an historic first series win over the Diamonds by following up Sunday's 58-53 success with a hard-fought 51-49 victory at Wembley Arena on Wednesday.

"Australia will be disheartened going into that last Test. They haven't got the squad to beat us."
Tamsin Greenway

The teams will face each other again in Birmingham on Saturday - a match you can see live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 5pm - and Greenway believes England can secure a third win from three against the World Champions.

"I don't think Australia have got anything in their locker to bring to it anymore," said Greenway, who has played in two Commonwealth Games for England. "They will be disheartened going into that last Test and they haven't got the squad to beat us.

"England will go for the win on Saturday but they won't throw everybody out there - they'll keep the combinations that are working. They'll want to get some of the younger players, like Kadeen Corbin, out onto court.

"The only way you can actually learn and get experience is by getting out there, so I'm hoping there will be some changes, but I guess they'll start with the core group as well."

Incredible

Australia led 27-26 at half-time but struggled to contain Cobin in the third quarter and found themselves trailing by three points going into the last and although the Diamonds rallied, they were unable to get back on terms.

"It was too little, too late for Australia," reflected Greenway. "I thought we'd see some changes in their shooting circle [in quarter three] and surprisingly we saw them down our end.

"They couldn't feed Caitlin Bassett - I found it amazing; they just had no touch on the ball at all. That is taking nothing away from Eboni Beckford-Chambers but there were times when it was poor delivery into Bassett. She should have come off a lot earlier because then Cath Cox had a mountain to do in that last quarter."

Surrey Storm player Stef Bello hailed the all-round defensive contribution of West Coast Fever's Beckford-Chambers for keeping Australia's big names at bay.

"England were just incredible - especially because they were five up, we had possession but Australia clawed it back. They had the strength in depth and patience to keep it going and managed to hold their nerve.

"Eboni was absolutely the player of the match. She's a silent assassin - she just kept tipping ball after ball from Bassett. Cox made a difference but not enough."

Watch the third and final Test between England and Australia live from Birmingham this Saturday on Sky Sports 3 HD from 5pm.

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