Lea Tahuhu ruled out of England ODI series with hamstring injury

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Her replacement in the squad is the uncapped Canterbury seamer Gabby Sullivan

New Zealand pace bowler Lea Tahuhu has been ruled out of the remainder of the ODI series against England with a hamstring injury and is in doubt for the T20Is that follow.

Tahuhu was helped off the ground late in the opening match in Christchurch on Tuesday. She will have an MRI scan this week to determine the full extent of the injury. Her replacement in the squad is the uncapped Canterbury seamer Gabby Sullivan.

“It’s unfortunate news for Lea and a big loss for the team,” New Zealand coach Bob Carter said. “We wish her the best of luck with her recovery and know she’ll be doing everything to get back on the park as soon as possible.

“The flipside of this is a great opportunity for Gabby who’s been impressive for Canterbury and deserves the call up.”

It is the second significant injury Tahuhu has suffered this season after the side strain she picked up against Australia in Brisbane last October which led to her missing a large portion of the WBBL with Melbourne Renegades.

New Zealand lost the opening match of the series by eight wickets although there was an impressive debut from Brooke Halliday who hit 50 off 54 balls. The next two matches take place in Dunedin.

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