Rosemary Mair ruled out of England tour due to injury; Molly Penfold earns maiden call-up

Rosemary Mair ruled out of England tour due to injury; Molly Penfold earns maiden call-up

Rosemary Mair © Getty Images

Auckland Hearts seamer Molly Penfold will replace Rosemary Mair in the New Zealand squad for the tour of England. Mair has been ruled out of the tour due to a bone stress reaction in her left shin.

Speaking about the change in the squad, New Zealand head Coach Bob Carter said that it was unfortunate to lose Mair to injury as she is an integral part of their bowling attack.

“Rosemary is naturally gutted she can’t tour, but we wish her well with the injury and look forward to having her back on the park soon.”

Penfold has earned her maiden national call up after her first season with the Auckland Hearts senior team. She has played eight 50-over matches and three T20s so far, taking five wickets in List-A cricket. The 20-year-old was also a part of the winter camps with the national team.

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New Zealand bowling Coach Jacob Oram said Penfold is a raw, fast bowling talent and that he is looking forward to work with her.

“She brings a desire to learn about her game and a willingness to work hard and absorb new information. She will benefit a lot from touring and training day in, day out with our best bowlers in the country,” he said.

New Zealand will leave for England on August 13, 2021, with the tour beginning on September 2, 2021.

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