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New coach to decide on Australia Diamonds captaincy

Stacey Marinkovich Will Russell/Getty Images

Caitlin Bassett is no certainty to lead the Diamonds into next year's Constellation Cup under new Australia coach Stacey Marinkovich.

The Diamonds are assembling in Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for a five-day camp, which is the first under Marinkovich, who took over from long-time coach Lisa Alexander.

Marinkovich is turning her full attention to the Diamonds after steering the West Coast Fever into the Super Netball grand final last Sunday, which they lost to Melbourne.

The 19-player squad features five new names in Verity Charles, Sophie Garbin, Kim Jenner, Cara Koenen and Maddy Proud.

However Bassett and Kiera Austin were given the green light to attend remotely after the leaving the Super Netball competition bubble.

The pair returned home to Sydney when the Giants bowed out of the competition before the finals, and due to the impact of current border restrictions will take part in various sessions remotely .

Bassett recently announced that she intended playing in New Zealand next year rather than Super Netball but remained committed to the Diamonds.

Unhappy with her usage under Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald, the 32-year-old goal shooter said she was seeking more court time to improve her game.

Marinkovich said Bassett's move wouldn't affect her national selection, although was still to decide on her own leadership structure.

Bassett has been captain since 2017, leading the world No.1 side to the Commonwealth Games that year and also last year's World Cup.

Marinkovich said she wanted to see how the players interacted before making a call on the captain ahead of the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand in January.

"With the leadership it's about getting in and amongst the group to see how it actually functions the way it is and who are the natural leaders in the group," the coach told AAP.

"I haven't worked with a fair few of the players so I need to see what comes naturally and what it is that the group really considers is true leadership and what's going to be able to lead the group.

"I've made no decisions and we are working through the process as to how that's even selected.

"The first point will be there to get in and meet the players and build those relationships and we will work out what is the best mix for leading the team going forward."

International netball was put on hold this year due to the impact of coronavirus, with two Constellation Cup series scheduled for 2021.