Central Hinds bowler Rosemary Mair is in line to make her ODI debut for the White Ferns after being named in the squad to take on Australia in the three-match Rose Bowl series – starting in Perth on February 22.
Mair, who has impressed in the current T20 series against India, will bolster the pace bowling attack as the New Zealand side look to win their first Rose Bowl series since 1999.
“We want to give Rosemary an opportunity,” said Head Coach Haidee Tiffen.
“She bowls that hard, heavy length and challenges the batters, so we are looking at what she can offer in the one-day format.”
The 14-strong squad also features the welcome return of Katey Martin, who was the side’s top run-scorer when the White Ferns played across the Tasman late last year.
“Katey brings plenty of experience to the middle order and is a proven performer at the international level,” Tiffen said.
“She also provides plenty of energy behind the stumps which not only helps the bowlers but gets the team up.”
While results didn’t go the White Ferns way in their most recent ODI series against India, Tiffen believes the side has the quality to compete with the classy Southern Stars.
“We talk a lot about partnerships and I predict it is going to be a high-scoring series. For us, it’s about working through the ups and downs of ODI cricket – the hunger and desire is there to step up against Aussie in their own backyard.”
Tiffen also talked about the need to execute the basic skills for long periods and is excited about the prospect of the pace and bounce in the Australian wickets.
“Lea Tahuhu played a WBBL game at the WACA I’m looking forward to seeing her on a bouncy wicket, bowling fast and taking it to the Australian batting lineup.”
The White Ferns travel to Perth on Monday February 18 with the first ODI against Australia’s Southern Stars starting on Friday February 22 at the WACA Ground.
Squad: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin (wk), Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu