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Teenage spinner Kerr in White Ferns squad

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/10/2016

Teenage leg spinner Amelia Kerr is set to make her international debut after being picked in the New Zealand women's cricket side for the home series against Pakistan.

The Wellington Blaze player, who turned 16 four days ago, was called up on Monday into a squad that also features the return of Sophie Devine and Liz Perry.

Kerr has represented the Blaze since she was 14 and has impressed with her consistency and economy.

She has plenty of cricketing pedigree. Grandfather Bruce Murray played Test cricket, mother Jo represented Wellington and father Robbie was a long-serving Firebirds player.

Kerr won't be the youngest White Fern when she runs out for her debut. In 2000, Munokoa Tunupopo played three ODIs the week before she turned 16.

The White Ferns will host Pakistan in five one-dayers and one Twenty20 in November.

Natalie Dodd and Maddy Green have missed selection, while Leigh Kasperek and Erin Bermingham were unavailable.

Coach Haidee Tiffen said the changes were made with next year's World Cup in mind.

"Our strategy is to use the opportunities we have to challenge players and to evaluate our game plans, in order to give us the best possible lead-in to the World Cup," she said.

"Amelia has deserved this recognition. It's a wonderful opportunity for her, and we're also delighted to be welcoming back Sophie and Liz."

White Ferns squad against Pakistan: Suzie Bates (captain), Sam Curtis, Sophie Devine, Holly Huddleston, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Liz Perry, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

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