New Zealand has recently announced their squad for the series slated next month against the mighty Aussies. There are a total of 17 players in the squad.
Deanna Doughty is expected to make her debut and is given a chance to be part of the White Ferns squad for the very first time. She bowls leg-spin for Wellington Blaze. On the other hand, Jess Watkins from Central Hinds has earned herself a callback. The allrounder is making her way into the squad after representing her country in 2018 before. Amy Satterthwaite, too, makes a comeback.
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Her inclusion is expected to strengthen the top-order of the White Ferns. The skipper of the side said that her side was buzzing by the thought of returning back to the park.
Sophie Devine said, “The team is extremely thankful to all those involved in making this tour a reality”.
She added that “We hope the upcoming ODI and T20I matches can excite and entertain people in what’s been a tough time for everyone”.
She was open and honest when she was asked about her plans in Australia. She said that her side is definitely going to Australia to get the Rose Bowl.
She said that “The team is under no illusions – it’s going to be a tough task taking on a world-class Australian team. We’re an experienced group and having Amy back in the fold only adds to our batting depth and on-field leadership. Every time you pull on the Fern, you do so with pride. The team has prepared well at winter camps and is looking forward to taking on Australia in their own backyard”.
Bob Carter, coach of New Zealand, said that the inclusion of Doughty and Watkins reflects consistency in domestic circuit by the players. On the comeback of top-order batter, he said that her record against Australia is good and her experience will be very valuable for the side.
It has to be noted that all matches are scheduled to take place at Brisbane in Allan Border Field. Both teams shall face each other in three one day International and T-20 matches.
The side for White Ferns is as follows –
Sophie Devine (c) (Wellington)
Suzie Bates (Otago)
Natalie Dodd (Central Districts)
Deanna Doughty (Wellington)
Lauren Down (Auckland)
Maddy Green (Wellington)
Holly Huddleston (Auckland)
Hayley Jensen (Otago)
Amelia Kerr (Wellington)
Jess Kerr (Wellington)
Rosemary Mair (Central Districts)
Katey Martin (Otago)
Katie Perkins (Auckland)
Hannah Rowe (Central Districts)
Amy Satterthwaite (Canterbury)
Lea Tahuhu (Canterbury)
Jess Watkin (Central Districts)
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