White Ferns pacer Rosemary Mair has been ruled out of the side’s upcoming England Women vs New Zealand Women series. The 22-year-old youngster suffered a bone stress reaction in her left shin just ahead of the white-ball tour comprising three T20Is and five ODIs of England next month.
Mair was one of the frontline pacers in the 16-member squad, however, now she will undergo rehabilitation for recovery. The squad will also be without their allrounder Amelia Kerr, who pulled out of the upcoming tour of England prioritizing her mental health.
Bob Carter, the head coach of the White Ferns acknowledged her injury concern comes as a blow for them just ahead of the tour.
“It’s very unfortunate news for Rosemary who’s started to form a key part of our bowling attack in recent times. Rosemary is naturally gutted she can’t tour but we wish her well with the injury and look forward to having her back in the park soon,” Carter said.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has called up Auckland pacer Molly Penfold as the replacement for Rosemary Mair, handing the Aucklander her maiden call-up in the team.
“Molly has raw, fast bowling talent,” Carter said. “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.”
The White Ferns will depart for England on Friday, August 13. The T20I series will commence at the County Ground, Chelmsford on September 2.
England Women vs New Zealand Women:
New Zealand Squad: Sophie Devine (C), Amy Satterthwaite (VC), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Jessie McFadyen* (WK), Thamsyn Newton, Molly Penfold, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
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