ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 – New Zealand Batter Lauren Down has been ruled out of the tournament

Lauren Down, a New Zealand batter, has been ruled out of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 due to a thumb fracture she suffered during an ODI series against India women.

On February 24, the 28-year-old injured her right thumb while trying a catch against India in the final ODI match. The batter from Auckland will return home to rest and get medical help.

Prior to the World Cup, Down played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off T20I match against India. In the third One-Day International in Queenstown, she remained undefeated on 64 as the White Ferns chased down their highest score of 281, winning by three wickets.

Georgia Plimmer of the Wellington Blaze will take Down’s position in New Zealand’s 15-member World Cup roster. Molly Penfold, an Auckland player who has appeared in two ODIs for the White Ferns, has been added to the squad as a travelling reserve.

Plimmer and Penfold will be quarantined for five days before joining the squad, according to New Zealand Cricket. On March 4, hosts New Zealand will take on the West Indies, led by Stafanie Taylor, at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.