Cricket: White Ferns target Australia upset en route to ending World Cup silverware drought in South Africa

The White Ferns are determined to end their 23-year World Cup silverware drought, but know they will have to get through serial trophy winners and rivals, Australia if they are to break their duck.

New Zealand revealed their 15-strong squad today for next month's Twenty20 World Cup Cup in South Africa - a tournament they have never won in seven attempts.

Their last and only crowning ICC moment came in 2000, when they upset reigning champions Australia at Bert Sutcliffe Oval to lift the ODI World Cup.

And just like they did 23 years ago, the White Ferns acknowledge they will have to beat their trans-Tasman rivals if they are to win in South Africa.

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine is backing her side to finally get over their T20 World Cup hump, with Australia firmly in their sights.

The White Ferns haven't won a World Cup since 2000.
The White Ferns haven't won a World Cup since 2000. Photo credit: Photosport

"You've got to beat the best to be the best," she said. "Especially taking on the Aussies, we're certainly really looking forward to that. We always seem to draw them in World Cups, and I actually think we have a reasonable record against them.

"It's really exciting for us and that's how we're going to approach it, we're looking forward to that challenge, we know we're going to have to beat them at some stage during that tournament.

"South Africa at home as well, we know they're going to be a huge threat, they've probably been the dark horse the last couple of years, but we've seen how strong they are and the depth that they're starting to get in their squad as well.

"[We're] really looking forward to that challenge and the rest of the group as well. That's the great thing about women's cricket at the moment, anyone can beat anyone on their day.

"I think everyone wants to go and win a World Cup, particularly because we haven't been able to crack through the last couple of world events when we felt like we had the talent to do so.

"We're certainly hungry, we're motivated, and we just want to do well. At the end of the day, we want to be winning games and particularly, at World Cups, there's nothing better.

"Obviously last year we got some great experience at the Commonwealth Games and being able to win on that sort of stage - the bronze medal - was certainly really special and we've got a lot of that group here again.

"We know we're going to have to play some fantastic cricket over a sustained period of time, but again, that's the challenge of international cricket. 

Helping New Zealand's cause in South Africa will be former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel, who has signed on to assist the White Ferns in their World Cup bid.

He too believes New Zealand can compete with cricket's heavyweights and believes the wickets will favour the White Ferns' players.

"The World Cup, for me, is very open," said Morkel. "[New Zealand] is a team that can really play the big moments well. 

"If I look at some of the players in that squad, they've got experience. That's what counts. 

"South Africa has very similar conditions to Australia and slightly similar conditions to New Zealand. The wickets there are wickets that are going to suit New Zealand - I feel. 

"For us, I have very high expectations to go all the way. It's just a matter of finding key little moments you can take into big battles and play them well. 

"With T20 cricket, we know anything is possible."

New Zealand have been drawn in Group A alongside Australia, hosts South Africa, as well as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.