Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns.
Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Diamonds wary of England on home court

AUSTRALIAN captain Sharni Layton has put her teammates on alert for an English side that lifts to a new level when it faces the Diamonds and is desperate to claim a win on home turf in its final match of the Quad Series on Sunday night (11pm AEST).

Layton said she knew from experience that playing at home brought out the best in England, with the Diamonds entering their match-up at Wembley with caution.

"These counties are always more difficult to play at home," said Layton, captaining Australia for the first time in the Quad Series.

"They are fresher and more energetic, they have the crowd behind them. We can't take them lightly.

"They are dangerous and desperate for a win at home, no doubt.

"They always bring their best against Australia. They have improved so much over the last few years and they will be hungry. They will throw everything at us."

Layton is in charge of a new-look squad that has already secured wins over both New Zealand and South Africa in the past week.

The touring side is minus top shooter Caitlin Bassett and veterans Natalie Medhurt and Madi Robinson.

But coach Lisa Alexander has used the opportunity to blood midcourter Caitlyn Nevins and give more court time to shooters Susa Pettitt and Gretel Tippett.

News Corp Australia

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