Caitlin Bassett is confident Australia can bounce back and level the Constellation Cup series in the second Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Thursday night. 


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The Silver Ferns took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Test series courtesy of a four-goal win down at Invercargill on Sunday night.

But Bassett has declared optimism is high in the Diamonds camp that they can square up the series before both teams head to Australia next month for the remaining three Tests.

“We’ve got all the tools that we need to win,” Bassett said. “We need to play our own game, focus on what we need to do well.

“We’ve played the Kiwis so many times, we know how they play. We did alright on Sunday but we weren’t playing at our best and you can’t win against that side (New Zealand) if you’re not playing at our best.

“The first Test is always the hardest (of the series). Obviously we play against each other all time in the ANZ Championship, but it’s always slightly different each international season.

“We know what they’ve put out there and they what we’ve put out there, so it will be definitely a good battle on Thursday night.”

Despite losing their past four Tests, the star goal shooter said the Diamonds are still confident they can reclaim the Constellation Cup from their Trans Tasman neighbors in their final meeting before next year’s Commonwealth Games.

“Winning against a Kiwi side in New Zealand is just a huge scalp,” Bassett declared. “We’re aiming to win the last four games, so we’re going to have to win on Thursday night.

“It’s never going to be a cruisey ride at home. We love playing in front of our home crowd but we know that every Test is going to be tough.”

The 25-year-old goes into the second Test in excellent form, scoring 31 goals at 100 per cent accuracy on Sunday night. But she still believes there’s room for improvement.

“A few more goals in the third quarter would have been nice,” Bassett said.

“It wasn’t the volume that I wanted. We did have trouble getting the ball in off our centre pass and we made a few errors of our own, myself included, and it all adds up over the court.”

The second Test will be played at Vector Arena, Auckland, from 5.30pm (AEST) Thursday 19 September and broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 1 from 5pm (AEST) and SBS 2 from 5.30pm (AEST).