Cricket: White Ferns star trio headline NZ squad for inaugural Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa

White Ferns trio Fran Jonas, Georgia Plimmer, and Izzy Gaze headline a strong New Zealand squad for the inaugural Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup in January.

With 44 senior international appearances between them, NZ will take a wealth of experience with them to South Africa in the historic tournament.

Gaze featured at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, while Jonas and Plimmer were part of the Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand this year.

NZC High Performance Coach and former White Fern Sara McGlashan will coach the side, alongside Tarun Nethula and Donovan Grobbelaar.

"I'd like to congratulate all the players selected." McGlashan said. "Representing your country at a World Cup is a huge honour and I know the entire squad is excited about the opportunity ahead, especially with it being the first tournament of its kind for women.

 "I think we've got a strong squad for this World Cup with a nice mix of youth and experience. 

 "For many of the players, this will be their first time travelling overseas to play cricket, so they'll certainly benefit from the experience of Fran, Georgia and Izzy, the natural leaders in this group."

 "We've obviously got a variety of experience levels within the squad and will be putting a high priority on everyone looking to learn and grow their games.

 "While achieving success on the field is important - we'll also be taking a holistic approach to the tournament in the hope of developing these girls further as people as well as players. 

 "The tournament will be an incredible experience both on and off the field and one these players will never forget so we want to ensure we create a fun environment, which allows them to really enjoy the experience."

NZ Under-19 Women's World Cup squad: Olivia Anderson, Anna Browning, Kate Chandler, Natasha Codyre, Isabella Gaze, Antonio Hamilton, Abigail Hotton, Breearne Illing, Fran Jonas, Kayley Knight, Paige Loggenberg, Emma McLeod, Georgia Plimmer, Izzy Sharp, Tash Wakelin