New Zealand Women's assistant coach Jacob Oram has left the squad and returned home to his family after learning that his wife and two children have tested positive for Covid-19.
Head coach Bob Carter was fully supportive of Oram's decision. "Ultimately, family is the most important thing, so we fully support Jacob and his need to return home and care for his loved ones," Carter said.
Meanwhile, the experienced duo of Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu will be assessed in Christchurch, after they had picked up injuries during their one-wicket loss to England in Auckland on Sunday. Devine had developed back issues while batting and had to retire hurt on 37. Even though she returned to bat later in the innings, she added just four more runs to her tally and was not able to field in the second innings. Amy Satterthwaite was New Zealand's stand-in captain when they tried to defend 203.
Tahuhu, on the other hand, hurt her left hamstring while bowling her first spell, which was restricted to 4.4 overs. Tahuhu was in visible pain as soon as she delivered the fourth ball of her fifth over and was clutching on to her left leg in pain. She also walked off and could not return to bowl again.
Satterthwaite later said the two injuries were "pretty pivotal moments" for them in the game as they were short of two bowling options and nearly defended their total.
New Zealand are all but out of the semi-finals race now, and need a lot of other results going in their favour to qualify. They are currently sixth on the table having won only two of their six games, and will move to Christchurch on Monday for their last league game against Pakistan on Saturday.