“We’ve seen the success Jess has enjoyed on the international stage in her career to date and it’s been encouraging to see her working her way back from injury, and training with the London Spirit over here in the Hundred in recent weeks,” Ben Sawyer, New Zealand head coach, said. “It’s great to see Lauren return after taking some personal time away from the game. She was flying with the bat heading into the ODI World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year only to be ruled out of the tournament with that thumb injury. So we’re looking forward to welcoming her back into the environment.”
Penfold had made her international debut last year against England and was part of New Zealand’s reserves for the World Cup earlier this year. “I first saw Molly bowling when I was working with Australia at the ODI World Cup and remember telling them how good I thought she was, just from watching her practice,” Sawyer, who was Australia’s fast bowling coach at the World Cup, said. “You could see she had all the natural attributes for fast bowling and I’ve been sent a few videos of her recent progress – she seems to be going really well.”
“Hayley Jensen is already over in the Caribbean playing in the CPL and she said the conditions are extremely hot and the wickets are keeping a little low – so that’s what we can expect,” Sawyer said.
“I know the team took a lot of confidence from winning that bronze-medal match against England,” Sawyer said. “To do it in front of a packed house at Edgbaston and to do it so convincingly will have given the whole unit so much belief.
“This tour will be important for us to continue building on the good work done in England. We’ll of course be out to win both series in the Caribbean – but will also be looking to offer opportunities to different players as we try and nail down our combinations for the T20 World Cup and refine our game-plans.
“We’ll also be giving the one-day series plenty of attention, having identified that as the format most in need of improvement.”
Squad: Sophie Devine (capt), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu