Women's cricket news May 27, 2010

Aimee Watkins to lead New Zealand women in England

Cricinfo staff

The New Zealand selectors have retained the same 14-member squad that made the finals of the Women's World Twenty20, for the tour of England. Suzie Bates takes over vice-captaincy from Amy Satterthwaite who was captain Aimee Watkins' deputy in the West Indies.

"We have kept faith in the same 14 players who recently reached the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies," said team coach and selector Gary Stead. "The squad features a nice blend of youth and experience and this tour will be used to look at developing some of the new players into important roles. This group is versatile and provides plenty of cover for the different conditions we are likely to encounter in England.

"As part of the selection succession planning in leadership positions Suzie Bates will replace Amy Satterthwaite as vice-captain," Stead said.

The series kicks off with the first of three Twenty20 matches against England on June 29. This is followed by a single one-dayer against Ireland, a 50-over match against the England Academy, finishing with a five match ODI series against England.

Squad: Aimee Watkins (capt), Suzie Bates (vice-capt), Erin Bermingham, Kate Broadmore, Nicola Browne, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lucy Doolan, Maria Fahey, Sara McGlashan (wk), Liz Perry, Rachel Priest (wk), Sian Ruck and Amy Satterthwaite