New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Thursday, February 3, has announced a 15-member White Ferns squad for the forthcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 set to be held in New Zealand.
Sophie Devine will be at the helm with Amy Satterthwaite, who would be making her fourth World Cup appearance alongside Devine, as her deputy.
The stellar line-up features key players of the New Zealand team, wicket-keeper Katey Martin, batter Suzie Bates, and quick Lea Tahuhu.
Melie Kerr and Frankie Mackay are joined by Auckland Hearts left-arm spinner Fran Jonas, who has played only two ODIs so far. The seam bowling options for the team are Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, and Jess Kerr, with Rowe making her second appearance at the 50-over showcase.
Maddy Green, Lauren Down, and Brooke Halliday are the team’s specialist batswomen, while Hayley Jensen is the seam-bowling all-rounder.
White Ferns head coach Bob Carter expressed his satisfaction on selecting a well-balanced team.
“I would like to congratulate the 15 players selected to represent the WHITE FERNS at the World Cup here in New Zealand,” Carter said.
“It doesn’t get much better than competing at a World Cup in your home country and I know the entire team and support staff are really excited by the prospect.
“We feel we have a balanced squad providing multiple options with bat and ball to cover the range of conditions we’re likely to face around the country.
“Naturally, there were some tough decisions and no doubt some disappointed players but as a selection group, we felt this mix would give us the best chance.
“There’s a strong mix of youth and experience in this squad with several players having multiple World Cups under their belt.
“We also have a younger group coming through, six of which are yet to experience World Cup cricket – and it’s naturally a very exciting time for those players.”
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 commences on March 4 and will run till April 4. White Ferns will begin their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign in the eight-team Group Stage against West Indies at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on March 4.
White Ferns’ World Cup 2022 squad: Sophie Devine (capt), Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.