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Teenager called in White Ferns T20 squad

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/02/2017

Wellington teenager Amelia Kerr has been called into the White Ferns Twenty20 squad in Australia after off-spinner Leigh Kasperek's season was cut short by injury.

Kasperek sustained multiple fractures to her left little finger shortly after the toss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the opening Twenty20 on Saturday.

Australia cruised to a 40-run win, and although Kasperek bowled three overs, scans have confirmed she will require surgery.

Coach Haidee Tiffen said while losing the wicket-taking abilities of Kasperek was a blow, 16-year-old Kerr had already performed well for New Zealand in her debut against Pakistan earlier this season.

Kasperek is expected to recover in time to remain in contention for the White Ferns squad for the Women's World Cup in England and Wales later this year.

This season has been a luckless one for the Dunedin 25-year-old, who had only just returned to the White Ferns from a broken spinning finger which ruled her out of the season-opening tour of South Africa and subsequent home series against Pakistan.

The former Scotland representative has taken 25 Twenty20 international wickets from just 13 games, including a superb 3-13 in a winning performance against Australia in Nagpur at last year's World Twenty20.

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