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Assistant coach Jacob Oram returns home; New Zealand suffer injury scare

The New Zealand Women have struggled to make a mark in the ongoing Women’s ODI World Cup. They have won only two games out of six and are more or less out of the semifinals race. To make matters worse for them their key players have got injured as well. 

Now it is also learnt that their assistant coach Jacob Oram has left the team and gone back home as his wife and children have tested positive for Covid 19. The New Zealand Women’s head coach Bob Carter came in support of Oram’s decision.

“Ultimately, family is the most important thing, so we fully support Jacob and his need to return home and care for his loved ones,” Carter said. Certain situations cannot be avoided and Oram made the decision which was in the best interest of his family. 

Meanwhile, New Zealand are sweating on the fitness of Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu. Both these players suffered injuries during New Zealand’s thriller against England and will be assessed in Christchurch.

Devine had to retire hurt in the game after she developed back issues. She was batting on 37 at that time. Even though Devine did come back again during the end but was clearly struggling with the injury.

Tahuhu hurt her left hamstring while bowling. The incident occurred in her first spell itself and therefore she was only able to bowl 4.4 overs and was not able to field in the second innings.

New Zealand will play their last league game against Pakistan on March 26. They will need the other results to go in their favour in order to have a chance to make it to the knockouts.

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