New Zealand Cricket (NZC) today announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013. The tournament played in India runs between 31 January 2013 and 17 February 2013.
Suzie Bates (c) – Otago Sparks
Kate Broadmore – Central Hinds
Nicola Browne – Northern Spirit
Rachel Candy – Canterbury Magicians
Natalie Dodd – Northern Spirit
Lucy Doolan – Wellington Blaze
Sophie Devine – Wellington Blaze
Sara McGlashan – Central Hinds
Frances Mackay – Canterbury Magicians
Morna Nielsen - Northern Spirit
Katie Perkins – Auckland Hearts
Rachel Priest – Central Hinds
Sian Ruck – Wellington Blaze
Amy Satterthwaite – Canterbury Magicians
Lea Tahuhu – Canterbury Magicians
National Selection Manager, Kim Littlejohn, said: “We have selected is a strong all-round squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup.
“There is depth in our batting, a bowling attack with a variety of pace and spin, excellent fielders with plenty of energy and excellent leadership.
“There's a lot of experience in the team including a large number of World Cup veterans and we think that familiarity will be useful when it comes to pressure situations that the team will face during the marquee tournament.
“Natalie Dodd gets recalled after a lengthy break, having excelled on the domestic scene so far this season and shown her ability to perform for the Emerging Players Squad in recent years.
“We welcome back experienced all-rounder Sophie Devine to the squad, who missed the Rose Bowl series last month due to injury, while Kate Broadmore also returns to the side.
“There were some difficult decisions to make but we are very excited by the list chosen and are confident this squad has the right balance to do exceptionally well.
Coach Katrina Keenan said: “We believe the squad selected is capable of winning the World Cup in sub-continental conditions.
“It includes a number of in-form and experienced players such as Suzie Bates, Nicola Browne, Sara McGlashan, Amy Satterthwaite, Lucy Doolan and Rachel Priest. They’ll be well supported by a depth of young talent which includes the likes of Natalie Dodd, Kate Broadmore, Frances Mackay and Katie Perkins.
“Lea Tahuhu, Rachel Candy and Sian Ruck are exciting fast bowlers who have performed strongly on the international stage and we expect them to have a big impact on the tournament.”
The White Ferns are in Group B alongside Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. They play a warm-up match against Sri Lanka on 28 January 2013 and England on 30 January 2013 before their opening match against South Africa on 1 February.