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Fractured finger rules out NZ spinner

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016
Leigh Kasperek (second from left) celebrates after taking a wicket against Australia. File photo. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Leigh Kasperek (second from left) celebrates after taking a wicket against Australia. File photo.

A broken finger has ended White Ferns off-spinner Leigh Kasperek's tour of South Africa before it even began.

A standout performer for New Zealand in her breakthrough season last summer, Kasperek fractured her right index finger in training last week and will be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

The injury means she will also miss New Zealand's home series against Pakistan next month, as the Kiwis look to clinch a spot at next year's women's World Cup.

Auckland allrounder Maddy Green will replace Kasperek in South Africa, the 23-year-old offering top and middle order batting options to complement her slow bowling prowess.

As well as allrounder Amy Satterthwaite's off-spin, the White Ferns can also count on leg break from Sam Curtis and Erin Bermingham, and the left-arm orthodox spin of proven performer Morna Nielsen.

The White Ferns began their South African tour with a comfortable warm-up win over a South Africa Emerging Talent selection in Potchefstroom overnight.

Skipper Suzie Bates and first drop Satterthwaite both hit 72, with Katey Martin's 46-ball 65 also contributing to New Zealand's 298-6 off 50 overs.

In reply, the South Africans made 161-9, with pace bowler Lea Tahuhu leading the attack with 3-25 off seven overs, with Bates adding 2-19 off five.

The White Ferns play the first of seven ODIs against South Africa in Kimberley on Saturday.

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