The white ferns batter Brooke Halliday is ruled out of the final two ODIs against India as she falls under the category of close contact of a Covid-19 case.
The 26-year-old returned negative on the test for the virus on Monday. She will test again on the fifth day of her isolation.
Brooke Halliday is said to have had dinner outside with her partner, who eventually tested positive for covid-19, and therefore required to isolate in her hotel room for seven days.
Coach Bob Carter’s statement on Brooke Halliday absence
Bob Carter, the head coach of the New Zealand Women’s cricket team stated that it is a very frustrating time for Brooke Halliday, obviously. Though she is sad, she is remaining motivated, he added that they are supporting her and checking in on her via phone as a team.
They are looking forward to reinstating her in the team once she finishes the appropriate protocols, he concluded.
Other absentees in the team
Apart from Brooke Halliday, New Zealand will be playing without the trio of Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, and Fran Jonas for the fourth game of the series, which they have already confirmed. Tahuhu will take rest as a precautionary measure whereas, Green and Jonas are suffering from lacerations on their hands.
Tahuhu returned to bat in New Zealand’s chase after being forced off the field with a minor injury in the third One Day International. She will be available as a substitute fielder if necessary.
Carter commented that Maddy and Fran both have got injuries on their hands while practicing. The fitness team is monitoring their individual situations and is hopeful of a quick recovery for both. For more updates and news visit our Cricket page
Now that they have Brooke Halliday being out of the team due to close Covid-19 contact, they are not willing to risk Lea Tahuhu in ODI 4, he concluded. The World Cup is just around the corner.