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Devine is ruled out of the final T20I match against England due to a quad injury

Devine is ruled out of the final T20I match against England due to a quad injury

The quad injury that Sophie Devine, the captain of New Zealand, suffered while bowling during Wednesday’s fourth Twenty20 international, has forced her out of the fifth and final Twenty20 international against England.

On Thursday, New Zealand Cricket said that Devine “had sustained a grade one quad strain which would require a short period of rehabilitation” after a scan revealed this.

She will “undergo a rehabilitation programme” while staying with the team in Wellington, the location of the fourth and fifth Twenty20 Internationals. After that, it will be decided whether or not she plays in the three-match ODI series that begins on April 1.

Devine’s substitute, Georgia Plimmer, was a member of the New Zealand A team that was participating in a parallel series versus England A.

Ben Sawyer, the head coach of New Zealand, stated, “We’re obviously disappointed for Sophie, but the focus is now to make her available for as much of the ODI series as possible.” “We’ll keep an eye on Sophie over the next days to have a clearer sense of her availability before Monday’s first game.

“The ODI series is an important series for us with ICC ODI Championship points on the line so we’re hopeful that Sophie will make a quick recovery.”

With one match remaining in the T20I series, New Zealand will give anything to have Devine in the mix when the ODIs get underway. Devine, who took four wickets and scored 77 runs at a strike rate of 150.98 in two innings, has been one of New Zealand’s top players in the series thus far.

Devine and Amelia Kerr had not returned to New Zealand from their participation in the Women’s Premier League in India, hence they had missed the opening Twenty20 International of the series. For that particular game, Mikaela Greig and Plimmer had been called up to the squad.

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