Leigh Kasperek left out of New Zealand’s ODI World Cup squad


Seventeen-year-old Fran Jonas has been selected as part of the spin attack

Offspinner Leigh Kasperek, New Zealand’s leading ODI wicket-taker since the 2017 World Cup, has been left out of the squad for this year’s tournament.
Fran Jonas, the 17-year-old left-arm spinner who has played two ODIs, has been preferred in the 15-player squad which will be captained by Sophie Devine as New Zealand look to replicate the title success they had when the World Cup was last held on their shores in 2000.

“I really felt for Leigh, she’s a very fine bowler,” head coach Bob Carter said. “It was based around the balance of our team. We didn’t have any of the three spinners that have been 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.”

The rest of the squad has a familiar look with Amelia Kerr and Frankie Mackay completing the spin department. The experienced Lea Tahuhu will lead the pace attack alongside Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair and Jess Kerr

Maddy Green, Lauren Down and Brooke Halliday take the specialist batting spots while Hayley Jensen fills the seam-bowling allrounder role

“We feel we have a balanced squad providing multiple options with bat and ball to cover the range of conditions we’re likely to face around the country,” Carter said.

“There’s a strong mix of youth and experience in this squad with several players having multiple World Cups under their belt. We also have a younger group coming through, six of which are yet to experience World Cup cricket – and it’s naturally a very exciting time for those players.”

The same 15-player squad will play the five-match ODI series against India in Queenstown

Squad Sophie Devine (capt) Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

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