The New Zealand Cricket board (NZC) has affirmed that they will wait until the time before the game to confirm the White Ferns captain Sophie Devine’s availability in the final match of the T20I series between Australia and New Zealand.
Devine had withdrawn her name from the second face-off between the two teams at McLean Park on Tuesday due to fatigue after playing an extensively long season. The skipper told NZC that she “didn’t think she could do justice to the team or herself”, leading to the board deciding to approve her break.
Amy Satterthwaite took up the responsibility of leading the team in Devine’s absence and did a fine job by sealing a 4-wicket victory and levelling the series by 1-1.
“After an extensive season that started back in September 2020, Sophie will look at how she can best balance her cricket commitments with the need to rest and recover over the coming days,” NZC said in a statement.
The board will confirm on Thursday whether Sophie Devine will feature in the series decider match at Eden Park or not.
“Simply put, at times like this we always need to focus on what our people need to be at their best and cricket must come second. She’s travelling with the side to Auckland and we won’t be making any decisions on her availability for the third T20 until late in the piece,” said New Zealand coach Bob Carter.
Signs of fatigue were visible on the player’s performance in the first T20I on Sunday. The opener could only manage 17 runs off 22 balls and the team suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Aussies by six wickets.