Brooke Halliday ruled out of the remainder of India series
Brooke Halliday © White Ferns
Brooke Halliday, who is one of the most significant batters in the White Ferns' line-up will be unavailable for selection for the remaining two ODIs against India after being deemed a close contact of her partner who tested positive for Covid-19.
Halliday and her partner dined outside recently, who subsequently returned a positive test for Covid-19. And therefore the 26-year old batter has been asked to isolate in her hotel room for a period of seven days.
The White Ferns' coach Bob Carter confirmed that the batter tested negative yesterday and will be tested again on the fifth day of her ongoing isolation. If the batter tests negative again then she can finish her ongoing isolation and rejoin the team on Friday.
"Brooke and her partner were out dining the other evening, sticking to the protocols of 2 meters and all that. But unfortunately, her partner has tested positive. So Brooke is back in her room, she is following all the government and team guidelines and protocols around Covid-19 and we are hopeful that Brooke will be back with us soon," informed Carter.
Carter also mentioned that the team management and all the players that are a part of the White Ferns' squad for the ongoing series against India are in constant contact with Halliday and are trying to keep her motivated.
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Meanwhile, Carter also confirmed that the trio of Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, and Fran Jonas will not feature in the fourth ODI against India. While Green and Jonas are unavailable for selection due to minor injuries they sustained during fielding sessions. Tahuhu is being rested as a precautionary measure with the World Cup around the corner. She was seen limping on the ground during the third ODI and had to be taken off.
"At fielding practice on the other day, they (Maddy Green and Fran Jonas) both sustained injuries. Maddy sustained a finger injury and Fran sustained a hand injury. So both of them miss out," said Carter.