Auckland, June 19 Quick bowler Jess Kerr has been dominated out of the White Ferns’ upcoming tour to Sri Lanka with a damaged toe and can be changed by off-spinner Leigh Kasperek, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) mentioned on Monday.
Kerr was struck on the toe whereas batting at coaching early final week and the next scan revealed a fracture that can require as much as six weeks rehabilitation.
Head coach Ben Sawyer is assured Kerr will make restoration, although laments the poor timing for the quick bowler.
“Choosing up an harm so near departure for a tour is at all times disappointing. Jess is a key a part of our bowling group in each codecs and can be missed on what can be a difficult tour,” mentioned Sawyer in a NZC media launch.
“Jess has been working actually onerous over the winter and we have been excited to see how she would carry out in new circumstances for her, however we’re assured she can be again match and prepared for our subsequent problem after Sri Lanka,” he added.
Kasperek rejoins the White Ferns squad for the primary time for the reason that tour to England in 2021. The Wellington Blaze offspinner has made 39 ODIs and 46 T20I appearances for the White Ferns, taking 140 wickets and is their second all-time main T20I wicket-taker.
Kasperek was prolific with the ball for the Blaze final summer season, ending as second main wicket-taker in each the Tremendous Smash and Hallyburton Johnstone Defend and was awarded the Wellington Blaze Participant of the Season.
Sawyer mentioned Kasperek’s recall confirmed the energy in depth within the WHITE FERNS spin bowling shares.
“Leigh has had a difficult 18 months for the reason that World Cup however has at all times been a participant that has been on our radar. She’s been stored out of the aspect given the type of Fran (Jonas) and Eden (Carson) who’ve been performing persistently nicely and people spin positions have in all probability been essentially the most hotly contested in our staff,” the top coach mentioned.
“With Leigh, Fran, Eden and Melie (Kerr) now we have robust depth in our spin bowling shares, and in the end that’s the extent of depth we need to get to in all positions. Leigh brings a wealth of worldwide expertise to the group and I’m positive she’s going to thrive within the Sri Lankan circumstances if given a chance,” mentioned Sawyer.
Kasperek is at the moment in Scotland and can be part of up with the White Ferns squad after they arrive in Sri Lanka. They’re at the moment gathered at a remaining coaching camp at NZC’s Excessive Efficiency Centre in Lincoln and depart for Sri Lanka on Thursday.
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