New Zealand opener Suzie Bates has been ruled out of the two remaining ODIs against Australia due to a shoulder injury.
Suzie Bates of the New Zealand team had to leave the field during the first ODI against Australia after having landed awkwardly on her right shoulder. After having undergone a scan yesterday, she was ruled out of the series by the medical staff. Still, she will stay with her team who is currently in Australia.
As per interim physiotherapist Zoe Russell, ‘Suzie has undergone scans and we are now in consultation with New Zealand Cricket's medical advisors to determine the best course of action. At this stage, Suzie has commenced rehabilitation but won't play a part in the final two ODIs’.
Meanwhile, head coach Bob Carter says, ‘Losing Suzie for the remaining two matches is obviously a big loss. Anytime you lose a player with well over 100 ODIs of experience and a wealth of runs, it's hard to replace them’.
‘We're playing the second Rose Bowl ODI tomorrow, so we'll need to adapt quickly. We have an extended squad in Australia, so as a coaching group we'll look at our options and put out the best possible team to contest the second ODI’, he added.
Aside from Bates, Lauren Down is also set to miss out the second ODI after having an elbow injury during the second T20I. Talking about Down’s current situation, Russell says, ‘Lauren is recovering well from her elbow injury sustained in the second T20I but is unavailable for the second ODI. We are continuing to monitor her progress and remain hopeful for a return this series’.
The current situation lands a big blow to New Zealand’s chances to dominate the tour as they have only won one out of four games. So far, the odds for their next match are -454.55 for Australia and +302 for New Zealand. To see the odds of other upcoming cricket matches, check out Betwala.
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