Lea Tahuhu

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Commonwealth Games 2022

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Lea Tahuhu has been named as a replacement for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, alongside Claudia Green.

The pair replace batter Lauren Down and Jess Kerr, with the pair both ruled out for the Birmingham 2022 tournament.

Down has withdrawn from the squad in order to prioritise her well-being and will take a break from cricket, while Kerr's injury from the end of their Women's Cricket World Cup campaign will sideline her for the Games. The quick bowler is on target to return for New Zealand's tour of the West Indies in September, while Down will make her return when she feels appropriate.

Tahuhu's international future was unclear after missing out on a central contract last month, though the bowling all-rounder's ability with the bat was cited as a reason by new head coach Ben Sawyer.

“Lea offers genuine pace and bounce with the ball and her ability with the bat gives us options.”

“Lea is a familiar face so will be able to hit the ground running at training camp next week."

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Yet to receive an international cap, Green has been around the White Ferns' group, and was a touring member on their trip to England last year.

Touted as a like-for-like replacement for Kerr, Sawyer feels her ability to move the ball in the air could prove to be a valuable asset in the side's campaign.

“Claudia has a similar skill-set to Jess so fits nicely into the squad make-up.

“Her ability to swing the ball is an exciting aspect of her game and we look forward to having her on tour in England.”

The side will convene in Lincoln for a training camp next week, before departing for England on July 12 for warm-up fixtures ahead of Birmingham 2022.

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