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Katey Martin returns for Rose Bowl ODIs

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Katey Martin, the wicket-keeper batter, is back in the New Zealand Women squad for the one-day internationals in Australia.

Martin had missed the ICC Women's Championship ODIs at home against India owing to work commitments, but added vital balance and experience to the side when she returned for the Twenty20 Internationals.

She was the highest scorer for her side when New Zealand travelled to Australia for T20Is last year, and Amy Satterthwaite's side will be glad to have her services for the three ODIs of the Rose Bowl series, which also serves as the Women's Championship ODIs between the side.

Rosemary Mair, who made her debut in the T20Is against India, is also in line for a debut 50-over cap for the White Ferns.

“We want to give Rosemary an opportunity," said Haidee Tiffen, the head coach, of Mair's inclusion in the 14-member squad named on Sunday, 10 February. "She bowls that hard, heavy length and challenges the batters, so we are looking at what she can offer in the one-day format.”

Of Martin, she added, “Katey brings plenty of experience to the middle order and is a proven performer at the international level. She also provides plenty of energy behind the stumps, which not only helps the bowlers but gets the team up.”

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New Zealand conceded the series 2-1 against India, and they've historically not enjoyed great success in series against Australia: they last won the Rose Bowl way back in 1999. But Tiffen was confident of the side doing well, with the skills picked up during the Women's Big Bash League coming into use. 

“We talk a lot about partnerships and I predict it is going to be a high-scoring series. For us, it’s about working through the ups and downs of ODI cricket – the hunger and desire is there to step up against Aussie in their own backyard,” she said.

“Lea Tahuhu played a WBBL game at the WACA. I’m looking forward to seeing her on a bouncy wicket, bowling fast and taking it to the Australian batting line-up.”

New Zealand squad: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

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