Cricket: Kate Ebrahim, Thamsyn Newton win White Ferns recalls for England series

Kate Ebrahim and Thamsyn Newton have been rewarded for their stellar women's Super Smash form with recall to the White Ferns squad. 

The pair have been included in the 13-strong squad to play England in three T20 internationals in March.

Ebrahim has been dominant for Canterbury Magicians, scoring 292 runs and guiding her side home in the T20 final against Wellington Blaze on Saturday. 

Newton has been a key cog in the Blaze's squad, with her tight bowling, strong fielding and contributions down the batting order.

The Magicians middle-order batsman hasn't played for New Zealand since 2018, against Australia, while Newton last represented her country against Pakistan in 2017. 

White Ferns selector Jason Wells says their return is a reward for strong domestic performances.

"Kate and Thamsyn have worked hard, and proven their ability in the Dream11 Super Smash this season," Wells says. "Kate has been excellent with the bat for the Magicians and yesterday’s match-winning knock in the Grand Final capped off a superb Super Smash campaign for her. 

"Thamsyn Newton is an athletic cricketer, whose all-round skills have served the Blaze well in their T20 campaign."

The remainder of the squad remains intact, with selectors impressed by the form those players showed throughout the domestic competition. 

New Zealand will be without key all-rounder Suzie Bates, who wasn't considered for selection due to a shoulder injury.


Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite (vc), Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin (wk), Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu