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New Zealand pick 16-year-old spinner for ICC Women's World Cup

ANI  |  Wellington [New Zealand] 

have picked 16-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr in their 15-member squad for the forthcoming Women's World Cup, which starts in from June 24.

Kerr will become the youngest women's cricketer to represent the country at the World Cup.

Suzie Bates, who in 2016 became the first player to win both the Women's ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards in the same year, will captain the side in her third 50-over World Cup.

Wellington all-rounder Sophie Devine returns to the side after breaking her thumb at the start of the year. She had missed the ODI and T20I series against women.

12 of the 15-member squad attended last year's World T20 in India, while six players have more than fifty ODIs to their name.

Following two training camps at Lincoln in Christchurch, 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. It's really exciting to have Amelia in the squad and she's proved herself more than ready for the big stage."

"With the likes of Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin and Sophie Devine - we're not short on leaders in the group. There's been a real focus on our team-first mentality and everyone's bought into that - which means we'll turn up in as a tight, motivated unit," she added.


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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 10:42 IST