Netball: Shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio returns to captain Silver Ferns for Jamaica series

The return of shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio headlines an exciting Silver Ferns team named to compete against Jamaica for the Taini Jamison Trophy.

Ekenasio has also been confirmed as captain after the team's leadership voting process, which included input from the squad and head coach Dame Noeline Taurua.

She has not played for the Silver Ferns in 18 months, becoming a mum for the second time late last year, but has been named by the national selectors in a side that also sees the recall of Maddy Gordon and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan, along with debutante Elle Temu.

Midcourter Gina Crampton was named as vice captain and will resume those duties when she returns to the side in December. Defender Sulu Fitzpatrick will act as vice captain for the Jamaica series and Constellation Cup against Australia.

The Silver Ferns will meet the Sunshine Girls - who won Commonwealth Games silver at Birmingham - in a three-test series, beginning at Hamilton on September 17 and 18, before moving to Auckland for the third and final test on September 21.

Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua is excited to confirm the national team, which includes the core from the side that claimed bronze at Birmingham.

"Retaining the core from that campaign allows us to continue refining our strategies, as we carry on building towards next year's Netball World Cup in South Africa," she said.

"We're pleased with the progress that has been made, but we've got a world class opposition in Jamaica coming to our shores and we know that it's going to take another step up from the Silver Ferns to stay in the fight.

"The next few months are key for the Silver Ferns and our pathway to South Africa. The Constellation Cup against the Australian Diamonds and the FAST5 Netball World Series in November are further opportunities for players to put their hands up, and the competition for a spot at the Netball World Cup will just increase."

Taurua looks forward to working with Ekenasio again and welcomed the mother of two back into the side.

"Ameliaranne thoroughly deserves her place back in the Silver Ferns. She showed in July's Cadbury Netball Series what a class act she is and has put in a lot of work behind the scenes to get to this point."

Defenders Jane Watson and Karin Burger were not considered for selection, with Watson continuing her comeback from the birth of her daughter and Burger still in rehab, after foot surgery earlier this year.

Silver Ferns team: Ameliaranne Ekenasio (captain), Sulu Fitzpatrick, Maddy Gordon, Kate, Heffernan, Kelly Jury, Phoenix Karaka, Grace Nweke, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Whitney Souness, Elle Temu, Maia Wilson