New Diamonds look to shine in Quad Series

They may have a new look team but world No.1 Australia have demanded the same old result in the Netball Quad Series starting in Brisbane on Saturday -- victory.

And recently appointed Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett wouldn't have it any other way.

Australia will have the most inexperienced Quad Series squad when they line up for their opener against world No.3 England, with one eye on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

However, Bassett said the aim was still claiming a third-straight Quad Series trophy.

"While we are trying to blood some young players and got a fairly inexperienced team, for us, it is all about the win," Bassett said of the tournament which also features world No.2 New Zealand and South Africa.

"To be chased is something we are kind of used to at the Diamonds and being world No.1 is very important to us.

"We know we have a target on our back but that pressure is a privilege.

"We are working hard to embrace that pressure."

The Diamonds have a squad featuring a total of 240 Test caps, at an average of 20 games each.

In contrast England have a total of 825 caps, at an average of 55 games per player.

England are daring to dream of notching their first win in Australia since 1981 before lining up against a developing Diamonds outfit.

Their squad features eight players who played in Australia's inaugural Super Netball tournament this year.

But Bassett is looking to add to an already stellar year by starting her captaincy with a bang.

She will lead Australia for the first time on Saturday after taking over from Laura Geitz, who took time out to start a family.

Bassett became the 24th Diamonds captain after leading the Lightning to the 2017 Super Netball title on debut.

Queensland Firebirds' Gabi Simpson and Collingwood's Madi Robinson are her deputies.

"I think it is fantastic we can take some young girls away with us here because it is about creating experience for them ahead of the Commonwealth Games," Bassett said.

"But regardless of how many Test caps we have in this team everyone is keen to get out there and have a run at these next three games.

"England and South Africa have improved massively over the last couple of years and I can't wait to see what New Zealand brings out after having their own competition this year."

New Zealand are expected to notch their 30th win in 31 Tests against South Africa in the other match of the Quad Series doubleheader.

The series then moves to Canberra where the Diamonds will play South Africa on August 30.

AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND

* Head to head overall: Played 71 - Australia 66, England 5

* Head to head in Australia: Played 23 - Australia 22, England 1

* Australia have an average winning margin of 15 goals against England

* England have an average winning margin of four goals against Australia