Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - No Leigh Kasperek in New Zealand squad for Women's World Cup. Leigh Kasperek has been taken 42 wickets from 26 ODIs since the last World Cup.
Leigh Kasperek has been taken 42 wickets from 26 ODIs since the last World Cup.
New Zealand have left out senior spinner Leigh Kasperek for the upcoming 50-over Women's World Cup at home. Seventeen-year-old left-arm spinner Fran Jonas, who has played two international fixtures, finds a spot.
New Zealand squad for Women's World Cup: Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite(vc), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Kasperek has been consistent for New Zealand since the last Women's World Cup in 2017, picking up 42 wickets in the period in 26 ODIs – a tally matched by none of her peers in the country.
“I really felt for Leigh, she's a really fine bowler,” coach Bob Carter said of the tough decision to leave the experienced spinner out. “It was based around the balance of our team. We didn't have any of the three spinners that we've selected for the World Cup in the UK, and it came down to a choice – would we take an extra spinner or would we take an extra batter, and that created a lot of debate.
“I really feel for her because she's been a great member of the White Ferns, and it's at times like that, as a selector or coach, that I wish I could have had another place.
Jonas meanwhile, who is highly rated, has come in at the back of impressive performances for Auckland Hearts. With Frankie Mackay making the cut, Sophie Devine is not without an off-spin option, should she need it at any point in the tournament. Besides balance, the spin department also guarantees variety, with Amelia Kerr's leg spin. The rest of the New Zealand squad wore a similar look to the one that toured England last September.
New Zealand will kickstart their World Cup campaign against West Indies on March 4 in Mount Maunganui.