FIJI Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura is closely monitoring the performance of Malawi against Australia as she prepares the national side for the Test matches against the African queens.
The Malawi Queens are playing Test matches against the Australian Diamonds. The side lost its opening clash 34-83 on Wednesday night.
Coach Rokoura said the match against Malawi would test Fiji's ability to contest against top-ranked nations.
Malawi, which is ranked fifth in the world, will play seventh ranked Fiji on November 2 and 4 in Suva.
"We haven't had any strong teams to play against. We have been playing with the Pacific island countries and the national team has not been tested well," Rokoura said. "But playing against a highly-ranked side like Malawi will test our strength and give us an idea on where we stand among the top teams.
"It also provides us with an opportunity to play against a top-ranked side."
Rokoura said the players in the squad were excited and looked forward to the Test matches.
She said the final 12-member team would be announced following a trial at the International Secondary Schools court in Nasinu tomorrow.
"We are fortunate to have the support of Netball Fiji and the families of the players.
"We have also managed to get the services of trainer Sergeant Aisea Bici who joined us this week and helping in fine-tuning the fitness of the players."
The Malawi Queens will travel to Fiji from New Zealand.