Devine out of Rose Bowl Trophy because of fatigue, Satterthwaite to lead

Sophie Devine celebrates with her New Zealand team-mates. © Getty Images

Sophie Devine will return home to Wellington and won’t take further part in New Zealand’s series against Australia, it was announced on Saturday (April 3). The New Zealand skipper missed the last two T20Is due to fatigue and a period of rest was decided for her. Kate Anderson will replace Devine in the squad.

“As I said earlier in the week, this is about prioritizing Sophie’s needs first,” said Bob Carter, Head Coach of New Zealand.

“Amy (Satterthwaite) did a fantastic job in the final two T20s and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. We will meet as a coaching group this afternoon and decide who we bring in as a replacement.”

“This is a great opportunity for Kate (Anderson) to join the White Ferns squad for the very first time. She fit in really well with the New Zealand XI in Queenstown earlier this summer and we look forward to having her with us at The Mount.”

Anderson scored 262 runs from eight matches at an average of 37.42 and a strike rate of 93.90 for Northern Spirit in the HBJ Shield during 2020-21 season.

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The hosts received a boost with Lea Tahuhu, who was recovering from a hamstring injury she suffered in the series against England, joining the squad for the ODI series.

“It’s great to have Lea back in the mix, she’s an experienced player and gives our bowling attack another option,” said Carter.

It was also announced that Hannah Rowe and Leigh Kasperek will be available for all the ODIs. The first match of the Rose Bowl Trophy is on Sunday, with Australia eyeing a record 22nd successive win in the format.

Squad: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin(wk), Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek, Kate Anderson

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