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Aimee Watkins to lead NZ women in World Twenty20

Aimee Watkins top scored for New Zealand with 44 Getty Images

Aimee Watkins will lead the 14-member New Zealand women's squad in the World Twenty20 to be held in West Indies from April. The final squad was pruned from the 30-strong longlist of probables that was announced earlier this month.

The core of the squad is from the team that beat Australia 3-0 in the recent Twenty20 series. Allrounder Lucy Doolan returns after successful rehabilitation from knee surgery. Rachel Priest is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad, with cover provided by Maria Fahey and Doolan.

The White Ferns are in Group B alongside India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with their first match against India on the May 6. All women's Twenty20 matches are based in St Kitts.

"We have an exciting blend of youth and experience in this squad with plenty of versatility to cover the different options that are required in the variable West Indian conditions," said Gary Stead, the team coach.

"With the exception of Wellington Blaze middle-order batsmen Liz Perry, who was in excellent from during the North-South series, each member of the team has international experience. There are a number of power hitters in the team and that could be a key on the small Warner Park ground," Stead said.

The team will begin its final preparations for the tournament with a training camp at Lincoln on the 10th and 11th of April.

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