White Ferns announce 14-player squad for Rose Bowl Series

New Zealand Cricket today announced a 14-player squad for the upcoming Rose Bowl Series in Australia.

Suzie Bates (c) - Otago Sparks
Amy Satterthwaite (vc) – Canterbury Magicians
Kate Broadmore- Central Hinds
Rachel Candy- Canterbury Magicians
Lucy Doolan - Wellington Blaze
Maddy Green- Auckland Hearts
Frances Mackay - Canterbury Magicians
Katey Martin - Otago Sparks
Sara McGlashan- Central Hinds
Morna Nielsen – Northern Spirit
Katie Perkins - Auckland Hearts
Liz Perry - Wellington Blaze
Lea Tahuhu- Canterbury Magicians
Sian Ruck - Wellington Blaze

The squad features ten players who competed in the 2011 Quadrangular series in England with Rachel Candy and Morna Nielsen recalled while Maddy Green and Katie Perkins are yet to be capped.

National Selector Manager Kim Littlejohn said: “The squad has been picked on the back of a hard fought domestic competition.  It’s encouraging to see the experienced players perform well and a new crop of players put their hand up.

“Top order batsman Maddy Green has been on the radar for some time and deserves her chance after impressing for the Auckland Hearts in the Action Cricket Twenty20 competition where she has hit 150 runs at an average of 37.50. 

“Katie Perkins also demanded a spot in the squad with strong performances in the domestic competition.  In seven Twenty20 innings Perkins has hit 126 runs and only been dismissed once.  Her batting along with her world-class fielding has played a major part in the success of the Hearts this season. 

“Weight of numbers also led to the recall of all-rounders Rachel Candy and Morna Nielsen who have been consistent performers this summer.

White Ferns coach Gary Stead said: “It’s an exciting time for the White Ferns with new era about to get underway.
“The upcoming series is an opportunity for new captain Suzie Bates to stamp her make on the side and set the tone for how we are going to move forward.

“We are aware that we did not perform well in our last few matches and need to improve across the board if we are to overcome a strong Australian side.”

Rose Bowl Schedule in Australia:
http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/schedule/rose-bowl-in-australia/51/series.aspx 
20/01/2012 – 1st Twenty 20 International, North Sydney Oval, Sydney
21/01/2012 – 2nd Twenty 20 International, North Sydney Oval, Sydney
22/01/2012 – 3rd Twenty 20 International, North Sydney Oval, Sydney
25/01/2012 – 1st One-Day International, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
27/01/2012 – 2nd One-Day International, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney
29/01/2012 – 3rd One-Day International, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney
* 1/02/2012 – 4th Twenty 20 International, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
* 3/02/2012 – 5th Twenty 20 International, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

* Double header with Australia v India men’s Twenty20 International

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