Lea Tahuhu ruled out of England ODIs due to hamstring injury

Lea Tahuhu © Getty Images

New Zealand seamer Lea Tahuhu has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing ODI series against England due to injury, New Zealand Cricket has announced in a media release on Wednesday (February 24). She will be replaced by Canterbury Magicians seamer Gabby Sullivan.

Tahuhu has suffered a hamstring injury in the penultimate over of the first ODI at the Hagley Oval which New Zealand lost heavily by eight wickets. “She will have an MRI scan this week to determine the full extent of the injury,” the statement further read.

“It’s unfortunate news for Lea and a big loss for the team,” New Zealand head coach Bob Carter said. “We wish her the best of luck with her recovery and know she’ll be doing everything to get back on the park as soon as possible.

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“The flipside of this is a great opportunity for Gabby who’s been impressive for Canterbury and deserves the call-up,” he added. The players have arrived in Dunedin on Wednesday for the second ODI on Friday (February 26) at the University of Otago Oval.

The 30-year-old Tahuhu has been among the wickets in the recently-concluded Super Smash T20 and played a big role in Canterbury Magicians winning the title. In the first ODI, she dismissed Tammy Beaumont. Sullivan too was impressive in the Super Smash T20.

In the 11 matches that she played, Sullivan accounted for nine wickets with the best figures of 3/19.