ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 August 16, 2012

Browne returns in New Zealand Women's squad for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast-medium bowler Nicola Browne is set to make a return to international cricket after she was named in the New Zealand squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Browne, who played her first ODI ten years ago, announced her retirement from international cricket last year in August. She is the top wicket-taker for New Zealand in T20 internationals.

"We are pleased to have Nicola Browne back," New Zealand selector Kim Littlejohn said. "She was the player of the tournament in the last ICC World T20 and offers the group a great deal of experience and leadership."

Allrounder Sophie Devine, who also represents New Zealand in hockey, has also been included in the squad. Devine is making a return to cricket after missing out on the selection for the hockey team that played in the recent London Olympics.

"Sophie Devine also returns to the side having made a fast return to cricket from her time with NZ Hockey. She is a quality allrounder and we expect she will play a key role in Sri Lanka," Littlejohn said.

Suzie Bates will continue as the captain of the side in the tournament that will run parallel to the men's T20 tournament. New Zealand have been placed in Group B alongside West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka. They play their first match against West Indies on September 26.

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  • Roo on August 18, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @cricinfo:- White Ferns squad: Amy Satterthwaite, Erin Bermingham, Frances Mackay, Kate Broadmore, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Liz Perry, Lucy Doolan, Morna Nielsen, Nicola Browne, Sara McGlashan, Sian Ruck, Sophie Devine.

  • Roo on August 18, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Good to see Browne return for the WWC T20... Should add lots of experience to the team & looks a good squad... Watched the White Ferns in Oz last summer & they played very competitively against us - T20's can be a bit of a lottery, but good luck group games... Luckily the ABC showed some of the games live - wish they would do more...

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