BENDIGO'S Caitlin Thwaites celebrated her 50th international cap by helping Australia to a blowout 91-22 win over Barbados at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
A night after scoring 67 goals in a powerhouse 99-24 victory over Sri Lanka, Thwaites had to settle for a reduced role in the Diamonds' 69 goal win.
But the Melbourne Vixens star again demonstrated her trademark accuracy and efficiency by scoring a perfect 20 goals from as many attempts in her two quarters on court.
The win continued the Diamonds unbeaten run at the tournament following big preliminary round victories over Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, a has virtually assured a semi-finals berth.
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander praised the performance as her team's best of the tournament to date.
She said the biggest improvement came in Australia's transition game.
"I was much more pleased with how quickly we got into defence after we turned the ball over," she said.
"There was more intent from the players. It was just quicker and more intense."
All of Australia's four shooters - Thwaites, Caitlin Bassett, Gretel Tippett and Steph Wood - were busy, given half a game each.
Bassett also returned perfect figures, landing all 20 of her shots, while Tippett went 25/26.
The 11-time champions should account for Malawi on Wednesday morning (AEST) before their only true group phase test, against unbeaten New Zealand.
Thwaites now has 112 goals from 114 attempts at the tournament in three appearances.
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