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WPL forces New Zealand to make double change in squad vs England

WPL forces New Zealand to make double change in squad vs England

While New Zealand will be missing some key players initially, the T20I series promises to be an exciting contest. The full New Zealand squad will be revealed on Monday, ahead of the first clash in Dunedin.

New Zealand Cricket faces a selection headache due to scheduling clashes with the Women’s Premier League (WPL) as they prepare to take on England in a five-match T20I series.

Players unavailable for opener courtesy WPL

Star players Amelia Kerr and Sophie Devine will be missing the series opener in Dunedin on Tuesday due to travel complications following their WPL commitments. Devine’s team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, are even scheduled to play the WPL final, further delaying her arrival.

Opportunity for Others to Shine

Despite the setbacks, New Zealand coach Ben Sawyer is looking at the bright side. “It’s disappointing to miss out on Melie [Kerr] and Sophie, but we’ve planned for this,” he said. “This gives a chance for other players to prove themselves against a strong England team.”

Fresh Faces in NZ vs ENG Squad

Georgia Plimmer has been called up to the main squad, while another player will be selected from the New Zealand A team currently playing the tourists on Sunday. This demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to developing depth within their ranks.

Experienced Captain at Helm

Suzie Bates will lead the White Ferns in the first T20I, with the rest of the confirmed squad boasting a mix of experience and rising stars.

Anticipation Builds for NZ vs ENG series

While New Zealand will be missing some key players initially, the T20I series promises to be an exciting contest. The full New Zealand squad will be revealed on Monday, ahead of the first clash in Dunedin.

New Zealand squad for first T20I v England

Suzie Bates (c), Eden Carson, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.

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