New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine says the team’s two-week COVID-19 isolation in Brisbane will give them some rare time together to prepare ahead of their limited overs series with Australia later this month.

The sides play three Twenty20 internationals, starting on September 26, before three one-day matches from October 3 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

It will be the first matches either side have played since the Twenty20 World Cup ended in early March.

“It’s one of the silver linings of this trip,” Devine said at a virtually deserted Auckland airport on Wednesday as the team left for Australia.

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“It’s not very often that we get to go on an overseas tour and have two weeks preparation leading into the first game. It’s normally a week.

“We also have a wider group as well. We get 17 players together so…

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