2022 ICC Women’s World Cup Team Preview-New Zealand women

The White ferns are looking for their second title in the Women ODI World Cup as they have a pretty solid squad and also a home advantage. Since, the ongoing edition of the Women ODI World Cup is being played in New Zealand so it might be a great chance for the home side to cash their second title in the marquee tournament.

The start of the ongoing tournament wasn’t a dream one as they lost to West Indies in a nail-biter. Currently, the Black Caps are on number five, as they have won their two games out of five.

Talking about the history of New Zealand Women, they have made into the top-four numerous times but their lone title in the tournament came in 2000 – a decade ago. The White Ferns subdued Australia in the final and grabbed their maiden title in the highly celebrated Women World Cup.

Australia’s Belinda Clark almost made her side win the World Cup but the White Ferns claimed Australia’s last wicket in the very first delivery of the final over to lift their first-ever World Cup by four runs. So, even after being a consistent side in the World Cups, New Zealand has only registered the coveted title once to their name.

If we ponder the current squad of the New Zealand Women, then a player who is watched out for is Amelia Kerr. The 21-year-old started her career as a leg-spinner but now she has grown herself as a proper all-rounder and has produced prodigious knocks with her bat which also includes the highest individual total (232*) in the Women ODI’s which Amelia hit in 2018 against Ireland. So far, the talismanic all-rounder has played 51 ODIs for her side and has accumulated 1192 runs and grabbed 75 wickets. As far as the ongoing World Cup is concerned, Amelia has been standout performer for her team as she has provided great knocks both with the bat and ball.

Apart from Amelia, Sophie Devine is a key player for her side who happens to be New Zealand skilled as well. The 32-year-old has so far racked up 3174 runs in 156 ODIs and she has been quite clinical with the ball as well, scalping a total of 87 wickets. The bowling unit of the White Ferns is quite young but it is led by the experienced and lethal Lea Tahuhu.

After losing their three games out of five, New Zealand women will now be aiming to win their remaining games against England and Pakistan on 20th and 26th March, respectively. The White ferns need to win these games to make their case strong for the next stage of the ongoing Women ODI World Cup.

New Zealand’s squad for ICC Women’s World Cup:

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

New Zealand women’s World Cup Scheudule

4 Mar – vs West Indies

7 Mar – vs Bangladesh

10 Mar – vs India

13 Mar – vs Australia

17 Mar – vs South Africa

20 Mar – vs England

26 Mar – vs Pakistan

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