Change for White Ferns' West Indies series

Last updated 10:22 28/01/2014
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WOMEN'S CRICKET: Sara McGlashan in action against England in 2012.

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Experienced White Ferns Amy Satterthwaite and Sian Ruck have been dropped while another long-serving international, Sara McGlashan, returns for next month's women's home cricket series against the West Indies.

New coach Warren Lees said the team was picked on current form, with Canterbury batter Satterthwaite and Wellington seamer Ruck the notable omissions.

McGlashan and Katey Martin return after missing out on the West Indies tour last October while up to four players could make their debuts: Holly Huddleston, Samantha Curtis, Hayley Jensen and Felicity Leydon-Davis.

In something of a cleanout, other experienced names omitted from the 14-woman squad were Rachel Candy, Lea Tahuhu and Erin Bermingham.

Lees conceded they would miss the experience within that group, but left the door wide open to their return in the future.

"Leaving players out like Sian and Amy is never easy, but we'll continue to monitor their progress closely," Lees said.

"I think that Sara and Katey are great examples of how players can work their way back into the side and we expect to see them make every effort to do so.

"Sara has gone away and taken her game to another level and we've been really pleased to see that come through in her performances for Auckland - she's been dominant."

McGlashan returns to the side after a stellar domestic season, having finished the top aggregate run scorer in the Twenty20 competition.

The home tour features three one-day internationals and five Twenty20s, with the first match on February 22 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

White Ferns squad:
Suzie Bates (c) - Otago Sparks
Sophie Devine (vc) - Wellington Blaze
Nicola Browne - Northern Spirit
Samantha Curtis - Auckland Hearts
Maddy Green - Auckland Hearts
Holly Huddleston - Auckland Hearts
Hayley Jensen - Canterbury Magicians
Felicity Leydon-Davis - Northern Spirit
Sara McGlashan - Auckland Hearts
Frances Mackay - Canterbury Magicians
Katey Martin - Otago Sparks
Morna Nielson - Northern Spirit
Katie Perkins - Auckland Hearts
Rachel Priest - Wellington Blaze

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