Cricket: Spinner Leigh Kasperek using Pakistan warm-up to push for White Ferns recall

The White Ferns begin their home summer schedule on Sunday against Pakistan, who have played a 50-over warm-up game against a New Zealand XI.

While such matches are seen as valuable to develop young and less-experienced players, for veteran Leigh Kasperek, it's a valuable platform to get back into the women's national team.

Cricket's all about one thing for Kasperek nowadays.

"Just trying to enjoy it as much as possible," she told Newshub.

Leigh Kasperek in action for the NZ XI against Pakistan.
Leigh Kasperek in action for the NZ XI against Pakistan. Photo credit: Photosport

That's been crucial for the Wellington off-spinner, as she looks to the future and leaves the disappointment of the past behind her.

"To be honest, I just have to take it game by game," she said. "I'm not in control of what happens from a selection point of view, so it's just about trying to enjoy my cricket and put good performances on the park."

The desire still burns for the Blaze veteran, who was controversially left out of last year's World Cup one-day squad. 

The White Ferns floundered in the home campaign, winning just three games, which led to coach Bob Carter being replaced by Ben Sawyer, who also didn't pick her for this year's T20 World Cup.

"He's been pretty honest about where he sees me," said Kasperek. "It's been good to have those conversations, when they've happened.

She is yet to play a one-dayer under the Aussie - her last of 39 was more than two years ago, while she was an injury replacement in the T20's earlier this year against Sri Lanka.

"It was really nice to be back involved and, I guess, see how the team's evolved over the last couple of years. It's definitely something I'm still striving for."

Kasperek knows enjoyment will go a long way to helping her back into black.