Veteran Australian goal shooter Catherine Cox has bounced back from a poor first Test to help Australia level their netball series with New Zealand.
Cox was dominant as the Diamonds forced a deciding match in Melbourne on Sunday, the home side finishing strongly in the 51-44 win.
After losing a thrilling opening game 49-48 in Perth on Sunday, Cox was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, the 35-year-old hooked at halftime in the match after shooting 14 from 23.
But Cox improved markedly on Wednesday night, scoring 34 from 42 attempts, justifying rookie head coach Lisa Alexander's faith in retaining her.
Locked at 37-apiece going into the last period, the Australians lifted off the back of Cox who had started brilliantly with 11 goals at 100 per cent accuracy in the first quarter.
With talismanic goal shooter Irene van Dyk sitting out the match the Silver Ferns were forced to rely on Cathrine (Cathrine) Latu, 24, who was well controlled but managed to shoot an accurate 27 from 31.