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Clinical Australia open Netball World Cup title defence with comfortable win

  • Diamonds ease past Northern Ireland 88-24 in Liverpool
  • Coach Lisa Alexander persists with rotation policy

Netball World Cups tend to follow a formula. For top sides, pool games are cobweb-eliminating pseudo training runs, where combinations are trialled and results are fait accompli. Early on, coaches carefully manage players’ workloads, physically and psychologically, and save the intensity for the business end of the tournament.

But if the Diamonds’ clinical 88-24 win over Northern Ireland in Liverpool on Friday night is any indication, the Australians – still stinging from losing to England in last year’s Commonwealth Games final and set on revenge – are going to go their own way this World Cup.

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