Four Hearts get nod for WHITE FERNS World Cup squad
Four Auckland Hearts have been named in the WHITE FERNS squad named for next month’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England.
Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Katie Perkins and Anna Peterson are part of the 15-strong squad with six players, including Katie Perkins (55), boasting more than 50 One Day International caps.
Auckland pace bowler Holly Huddleston’s outstanding 2016/17 season has seen her selected for her maiden world tournament, while all-rounder Anna Peterson has been named for her first 50-over World Cup.
Following two training camps at Lincoln in Christchurch, WHITE FERNS coach Haidee Tiffen said selecting the final 15 players was seriously challenging.
“We’ve had a lot of players put their hands up domestically, internationally and during our two recent camps – so the last few spots were particularly fiercely contested,” she said.
“I’m really happy with the balance of the squad. I think it’s a strong team who are certainly capable of bringing that cup home.
“There’s been a real focus on our team-first mentality and everyone’s bought into that – which means we’ll turn up in England as a tight, motivated unit.”
The WHITE FERNS World Cup squad will assemble for a pre-tournament camp in Hampshire from June 11, before opening their campaign against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 24.
The format for the eight-team tournament has every nation facing each other once, after which the top four teams advance to the semi-finals, ahead of a final at Lord’s on July 23.
WHITE FERNS World Cup squad
Suzie Bates, Captain, (98), (Otago)
Erin Bermingham, (31), (Canterbury)
Sophie Devine, (80), (Wellington)
Maddy Green, (10), (Auckland)
Holly Huddleston, (18), (Auckland)
Leigh Kasperek, (9), (Otago)
Amelia Kerr, (7), (Wellington)
Katey Martin, (57), (Otago)
Thamsyn Newton, (8), (Canterbury)
Katie Perkins, (55), (Auckland)
Anna Peterson, (20), (Auckland)
Rachel Priest, (80), (Wellington)
Hannah Rowe, (10), (Central Districts)
Amy Satterthwaite, Vice-Captain, (95), (Canterbury)
Lea Tahuhu, (46), (Canterbury)