White Ferns pacer Lea Tahuhu has been dropped out of the remaining matches of the ongoing home three-match ODI series against England Women owing to a hamstring injury she sustained during the first clash of the series at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. She scalped one wicket in the match, conceding 38 runs.
Tahuhu had to leave the field with the help of supporters. The 30-year old would undergo MRI scans to determine the intensity of the injury.
“It’s unfortunate news for Lea and a big loss for the team. We wish her the best of luck with her recovery and know she’ll be doing everything to get back on the park as soon as possible.
“The flipside of this is a great opportunity for Gabby who’s been impressive for Canterbury and deserves the call-up,” New Zealand coach Bob Carter said.
To fill in for Tahuhu, the White Ferns has called upon the uncapped Canterbury pacer Gabby Sullivan for the remaining matches.
In the first ODI between England and New Zealand, New Zealand was outplayed by England, getting defeated by eight wickets. Winning the toss, the hosts opted to bat first. However, the decision could barely give them an advantage as they could manage to set up a target of 178 runs after getting bundled up withing 46 overs.
Debutant Brooke Halliday scored her first ODI half-century while Hayley Hensen also smashed a fifty, but even their contributions couldn’t help the team stitch more than 178 runs.
England seamlessly chased the target in 33.4 overs, thanks to Tamsin Beaumont’s 71 runs and Heather Knight’s 67 runs.
The teams will next lock horns in their second ODI at the Otago Oval on February 26.