Meg Lanning's side mull World Cup plans

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Teenage tearaways Darcie Brown and Hannah Darlington are no certainty to debut on Australia's tour of New Zealand, which shapes as a key stepping stone towards the women's one-day World Cup.

Australia's bid to dethrone England as 50-over World Cup champions was set to take place this year.

But the COVID-19 pandemic prompted administrators to push the showpiece event back to 2022, with New Zealand remaining hosts.

Australia coach Matthew Mott admits he and selectors will have one eye on that World Cup during coming weeks, when the trans-Tasman rivals meet in three Twenty20s and three ODIs.

Uncapped quicks Brown and Darlington, vying to be part of Australia's pace battery at the World Cup, have a golden chance to impress selectors.

However, Mott cautioned he has never "given caps away for the sake of it" and won't start during the series that begins in Hamilton on March 28.

"The pure experience of being over here, bowling in centre-wicket scenarios and in the nets around some of he world's best players - they are going to pick up a lot of stuff anyway," Mott told reporters.

"We'll see how they adapt to touring life.

"They deserve their spot in the squad. They've both done exceptionally well in domestic cricket.

"They are both very impressive. They're young and so excited, that adds energy to the group."

Mott predicted pace and swing would be decisive during next year's tournament, adding that selectors had pencilled in 12 or so members of the World Cup squad.

"We found out in the last (T20) World Cup that you need a squad to win," he said.

"You've always got a few things that throw a spanner in the works late. We want to broaden our thinking, have as many back-up plans as we can."

Mott's most pressing issue is finding a way to squeeze fit-again stars Ellyse Perry and Tayla Vlaeminck back into the XI.

"Ridiculously hard (to pick the side for the tour opener). There's going to be one or two very disappointed players, who deserve to be in that team," he said.