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Ellyse Perry to miss 1st T20I against New Zealand

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Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who suffered a hamstring tear during the T20 World Cup earlier this year, has been ruled out of the 1st of the 3 T20 Internationals against New Zealand tomorrow.

Since her hamstring injury, Perry has been working her way back to full fitness, so that she can be a part of Australia’s entire home season. Meg Lanning, the Australian skipper, said on Perry, “She’s still working through her return-to-play plan. When she (Perry) ticks off all those markers, she’ll be available, but she’s still working through that so we won’t see her tomorrow.

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“She’s doing everything she can to get up and play (at some point in the series), and she’s got a very good plan in place – everyone has looked after her, and once she gets through that she’ll be available.”

Lanning also spoke about the impressive bowling show by 22-year-old Belinda Vakarewa during the practice game, who is probably set to receive her first International cap tomorrow. “Belinda Vakarewa was really impressive, especially with the new ball. Suzie Bates came out pretty hard at her and she was able to hold her back and get her wicket in the end,” said Lanning. “There are six games in pretty quick succession but we’re pretty confident we’ll have everybody to pick from. To have new people come into the squad and play so well, it’s really encouraging.”