New Zealand pace bowler Lea Tahuhu has been ruled out of the remaining ODI series against England owing to a hamstring injury. The speedster has sustained the injury during the first ODI of the series in Christchurch, following which she had to leave off the ground. And now, she has to be fit for the T20I series.
“It’s unfortunate news for Lea and a big loss for the team,” New Zealand coach Bob Carter has said. “We wish her the best of luck with her recovery and know she’ll be doing everything to get back on the park as soon as possible. The flipside of this is a great opportunity for Gabby who’s been impressive for Canterbury and deserves the call-up.”
Meanwhile, Canterbury Magicians seamer Gabby Sullivan, the 22-year-old uncapped pace bowler, has been drafted as her replacement for the rest of the ODIs. However, New Zealand have started their campaign with a loss. Hayley Jensen and the debutant Brooke Halliday’s fifties went in vain as Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight took the tea home as well. With this, New Zealand lost 10 consecutive ODIs after suffering an eight-wicket loss in the first match.
New Zealand have arrived in Dunedin prior to the second ODI against England which will take place on Friday at the University of Otago Oval. After the ODI series, three Twenty20 International games will take place as well on March 3, 5 and 7 at Wellington, Auckland and Mount Maunganui respectively.
New Zealand ODI Squad: Sophie Devine (C), Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu
New Zealand T20I Squad: Sophie Devine (C), Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Thamsyn Newton