Trio return to White Ferns as squad for tour of West Indies named

Molly Penfold made an immediate impact on debut for the White Ferns against England.

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Molly Penfold made an immediate impact on debut for the White Ferns against England.

Three players have returned to the White Ferns for their tour of the West Indies after missing their Commonwealth Games campaign.

Batter Lauren Down and seamers Jess Kerr and Molly Penfold were named in the 15-strong squad for the visit to the Caribbean on Thursday.

Wicketkeeper Jess McFadyen and seamers Claudia Green and Rosemary Mair were the three players to make way from the group that won the bronze medal at the Twenty20 tournament in Birmingham last month.

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A proud White Ferns captain held back tears as she reflected on the Commonwealth Games campaign.

“It’s an exciting time for the whole squad and particularly the three players making their returns,” coach Ben Sawyer said in a statement.

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“We’ve seen the success Jess has enjoyed on the international stage in her career to date and it’s been encouraging to see her working her way back from injury, and training with the London Spirt over here in the Hundred in recent weeks.

“It’s great to see Lauren return after taking some personal time away from the game.

“She was flying with the bat heading into the ODI World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year only to be ruled out of the tournament with that thumb injury – so we’re looking forward to welcoming her back into the environment.

“I first saw Molly bowling when I was working with Australia at the ODI World Cup and remember telling them how good I thought she was, just from watching her practice.

“You could see she had all the natural attributes for fast bowling and I’ve been sent a few videos of her recent progress – she seems to be going really well.”

The White Ferns will assemble in Antigua from September 10 ahead of their first ODI against the West Indies on September 17.

The three ODIs will be their first since the World Cup earlier this year and will be followed by five T20s, which will serve as preparation for next year’s World Cup in South Africa.

White Ferns – tour of West Indies

Squad

Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu,

Fixtures (NZ time)

September 17, 20, 23, 1.30am: Three ODIs

September 27, 29, 6.30am: First, second T20s

October 2, 6.30am: Third T20

October 5, 3am: Fourth T20

October 7, 6.30am: Fifth T20