Bell says selection 'nerve-racking'
Erin Bell is one of the stars of the Australian netball team but she doesn't take selection for granted.
The 26-year-old became the first player to win three trans-Tasman titles this year as part of an outstanding Adelaide Thunderbirds team and was named at goal attack in the competition's All Star side.
However, that doesn't mean any complacency when Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander is selecting her team.
''Every year and every selection is just as nerve-racking as the next," Bell said.
"I guess, for me, my confidence is building, especially after a good result with the Thunderbirds this season. It's the top of the top and there's always someone pushing. You have to be at your best to get out on court and that's never going to change, no matter how many years you've been in the team.''
Australia meets New Zealand in the first of five Constellation Cup test matches in Invercargill on Sunday night.
Bell made her international debut at the 2011 world championships in Singapore and has collected 26 caps since then.
She's been enjoying the build-up to the opening test as part of a slightly new-look Australian team missing former captain Natalie von Bertouch, Catherine Cox and Mo'onia Gerrard.
''It's been really good. It's always hard to come together after you've been playing against each other in the ANZ Champs, to form a combination. It's been a really positive vibe, a new leadership group and some new things being implemented.''
The Australian team are spreading responsibility around the team under new captain Laura Geitz.
''For me the past captains I've played under have all been around for a fair while ... this is fresh and new and it's something exciting that we are all a part of.''
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