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

Nicola Browne found pace and carry and troubled all the Australian batsmen AFP

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.