Amelia Kerr tests positive for Covid-19

New Zealand have suffered a big blow in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games, which are starting later this month in Birmigham, as their leading all-rounder, Amelia Kerr, is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday .

Kerr produced a positive Rapid Antigen Test and will undergo a period of hotel isolation before re-joining the team.

Kerr is the only player from the tour party to test positive, while the rest of the group will continue to be monitored and tested, as required.

The White Ferns have another week of training at Millfield School, including two practice matches against England A, before transferring to Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the end of July.

New Zealand had a disappointing time at the home World Cup earlier this year as they failed to make the knockouts and only finished sixth out of eight teams after winning three of their seven matches at the tournament.

Amelia’s sister, Jess, had already been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after failing to recover sufficiently from a foot injury. Lauren Down had also withdrawn from the tournament to focus on her mental wellbeing.

Jess and Down were replaced in the original squad by the vastly experienced Lea Tahuhu, who recently lost her national contract, and Central Hinds’ bowler Claudia Green.

New Zealand will also be missing the services of Katey Martin and Amy Satterthwaite, both of whom announced their retirement from international cricket before the Commonwealth Games squad was announced.

Amelia has been in good form this year. She was the Player of the Series in New Zealand’s 4-1 win in the ODI series at home against India earlier this year. With Satterthwaite now retired, Kerr will have to shoulder greater responsibility in the batting order as the middle order will be significantly short on international experience.