New Zealand Batter Lauren Down Ruled out of Women’s World Cup

New Zealand Batter Lauren Down has been ruled out of the upcoming 2022 Women’s World Cup at home due to a thumb fracture. Georgia Plimmer, who plays for Wellington Blaze domestically, will replace Down in the World Cup squad.

Down injured her right thumb while taking a catch in the fifth ODI against India. She will return home and seek medical advice.

“Quite simply, the entire squad is absolutely gutted for Lauren.” head coach Bob Carter said on Friday (February 25). “She’s a very popular member of the group and it’s fair to say the team were quite emotional when we got the news she was out of the tournament.

“You saw the impact Lauren had in the recent series against India; she played some really mature innings’ in the middle order and her fielding was at an exceptional standard. We wish her all the best with her recovery and know she’ll be supporting us throughout the tournament.”

Molly Penfold will also join the squad as a traveling reserve player.

Both Penfold and Plimmer will undergo the necessary five-day ‘bridging in’ isolation period before officially joining the squad, New Zealand Cricket said.

New Zealand will play a couple of warm-up games before their World Cup opener against West Indies in Mount Maunganui on March 4.

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