NZ Squad for CWG 2022: New Zealand Women on Friday made some key changes to their squad picked up for Birmingham CWG 2022. New Zealand’s middle-order batter Lauren Down & pacer Jess Kerr both have been ruled out of the squad while Lea Tahuhu & uncapped player Claudia Green have been called-up as their replacements.
According to an Official Statement by NZC, Down has pulled out from the New Zealand squad in order to concentrate on her mental health. On the other hand, Kerr’s foot injury sustained during the Women’s World Cup 2022 match against Pakistan needs more rehabilitation in order to be deemed fit to play. Howveer, Kerr is likely to make a comeback for New Zealand’s tour of the West Indies in September.
Down returned to the National set-up during New Zealand’s bilateral series against India in February, however, her comeback was cut short after she had broken her thumb during the T20 World Cup 2022. Though Down had recovered from the injury she has opted to take a mental health break to focus on her well-being.
“Our first and main priority is ensuring both Lauren and Jess are looked after – it’s never easy missing cricket tours.” Ben Sawyer, New Zealand’s head coach said. “We’ve ensured Lauren has the support she needs and hopes she’ll be able to join us again soon.
“We thought Jess would recover in time to take the field in Birmingham, and while this has not transpired, the signs are good for an international return for the West Indies tour in September.”
Meanwhile, Lea Tahuhu who scalped ten wickets in the World Cup 2022 even after battling a stiff hamstring injury has been recalled to the Commonwealth Games squad. Earlier her exclusion from the 17-member contract list truned heads around given the difference she can bring to the attack with her pace. However, New Zealand Cricket cleared its stance & said that the players who didn’t receive central contracts still can be selected for crucial series.
“Lea is a familiar face so will be able to hit the ground running at training camp next week,” Sawyer said. “We’ve previously said it’s important not to confuse contracting with selection and this is a good example of why.
Green on the other hand is a swing bowler & is seen as a good like-for-like replacement for Jess Kerr. She was an integral part of the team that toured England last year & has been an active member of various New Zealand Camps.
“Claudia has a similar skill-set to Jess so fits nicely into the squad make-up,” he said. “Her ability to swing the ball is an exciting aspect of her game and we look forward to having her on tour in England.”
New Zealand will host a camp in Lincoln next week before departing for England on July 12 to participate in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. The prestigious Commonwealth games 2022 will be played from July 29 to August 7 in Birmingham, England. New Zealand Women will play their first fixture of the tournament against South Africa Women on July 30.
NZ Squad for CWG 2022:
Sophie Devine (capt), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Brooke Halliday, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson, Hayley Jensen, Jess McFadyen, Fran Jonas, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Izzy Gaze, Lea Tahuhu, Claudia Green
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