Auckland Hearts captain Lauren Down has joined the White Ferns squad after all-rounder Frankie Mackay had to be ruled out following a calf injury.
Mackay sustained a partial tear to her right calf during the first match of the ongoing three-match T20I series between New Zealand and Australia, which the White Ferns lost by six wickets. However, she continued to star in the second contest of the series, contributing 46 runs to NZ’s four-wicket victory.
The all-rounder would now be unavailable for the remainder of the matches that comprises the final T20I and the three-match ODI series against Australia starting Sunday.
“Frankie was outstanding with bat and ball in Napier and showed plenty of grit playing with an injury. We wish her all the best in her recovery and thank her for what she’s added to the group,” Head Coach Bob Carter said.
“It’s great to welcome someone of Lauren’s experience back into the group and we have full confidence she can perform any role we require.”
Sophie Devine rested for the decider match
In another important update from the White Ferns side, a fatigued skipper Sophie Devine won’t be featuring in the decider match of the T20I series between the White Ferns and Australia.
“Sophie won’t play today and will stay at the team hotel as we continue to support her,” coach Carter informed.
Earlier Devine pulled out of the second clash of the T20I series in Napier stating she “didn’t think she could do justice to the team or herself”, citing fatigue after playing a long season as her reason.
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. The series decider will take place at Eden Park today.