Ashleigh Gardner is expected to return following her bout with Covid-19

Returning from her Covid-19 isolation time, Australian allrounder Ashleigh Gardner is set to be included immediately in the side for their crucial Women’s World Cup 2022 encounter against New Zealand, which will be contested on March 13 (Sunday) at Wellington’s Basin Reserve. On March 11, Australian coach Matthew Mott confirmed the same.

It’s worth noting that Gardner tested positive for Covid-19 following the conclusion of her team’s warm-up matches in Christchurch. The 24-year-old all-rounder was placed in quarantine for ten days, ruling her out of the starting lineups for the two upcoming matches against archrivals England and Pakistan. Gardner, on the other hand, is set to return, with coach Mott convinced the player will be fit for Saturday’s match.

Regarding Gardner’s statistics, the 27-year-old has played in 42 One-Day Internationals for Australia, scoring 571 runs at an average of 24.82. Gardner has a 50-over strike rate of 113.97. She has taken 43 wickets at an economy rate of 4.14. Australia, which is scheduled to face New Zealand on Sunday, will benefit from the return of their top player.