New Zealand squad announced for the upcoming three-match T20I series against England. All-rounder Brooke Halliday is all set to replace the injured Lea Tahuhu. Halliday, who made her international debut in the recently-concluded ODI series against England, has impressed everyone with two consecutive fifties in both the innings she batted.
And now, she has earned her reward. However, that came at the cost of Tahuhu, the pace spearhead of the New Zealand team, who was earlier ruled out of the ODI series after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first ODI. She failed to regain the match fitness in time to feature in the T20I series.
“Everyone saw how well Brooke went in the recent ODI series,” captain Sophie Devine said. “She stepped up with the bat and ball offering some handy overs. Although she’s not a like-for-like replacement for Lea Tahuhu, it’s good to see her getting a chance in the T20 format.”
On the other hand, Gabby Sullivan will be with the squad as cover for another pace bowler Hannah Rowe. Sullivan initially came into the squad after Tahuhu’s injury and retained her spot after Rowe tweaked her quad during the final ODI in Dunedin as well.
Notably, New Zealand have lost the three-match ODI series against England by 2-1. However, they will try to maintain their winning momentum from the final ODI in the shortest format as well. The three matches will take place at the Sky Stadium, Wellington, as a result of logistical complications amid the crunch time of COVID-19.
Initially, the second and third matches were due to take place at Eden Park and Bay Oval respectively, but now all three will be played at the same venue with the opening match scheduled to begin on March 3.
New Zealand Squad:
Sophie Devine (C), Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Gabby Sullivan, Brooke Halliday