Shauna Kavanagh: Eire batter desires to get better from sickness in Zimbabwe collection

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Shauna Kavanagh

Ireland's batsman Shauna Kavanagh looks to make up for lost time when she returns from illness for the one-day international series of four games against Zimbabwe.

Kavanagh missed European qualification for the Women's T20 World Cup in August after testing positive for Covid.

The tourists will kick off on Tuesday in Harare on Zimbabwe.

"It was hard to miss T20 qualifiers so I'm looking forward to playing cricket again and hope to spend a lot of time in the middle," she said.

Ireland failed to finish T20 qualifiers at La Manga and get back into action with their first one-day games since June 2018.

The tourists will meet Zimbabwe again on Thursday with the last two games on Saturday and the next Monday – all four games take place in Harare and are Zimbabwe's first women's games with full ODI status.

Good memories

Kavanagh, who has made 90 caps since making her international debut in 2011, scored her highest score of 79 in early 2018 who was not on a tour of Zimbabwe.

"Personally, I have fond memories of playing cricket here in Zimbabwe and that will certainly give me the confidence to go into this series," added the 29-year-old medium-rank player.

"Some of the players on the squad have been here before so you know what to expect, but for most it's a new experience.

"Everyone in the squad has recovered from the trip here and is fit and ready to go, which is great as we all have 15 players to choose from.

"We all know this series is an opportunity to raise our hands and fight for a place in World Cup qualifiers next month."

"The facilities are great. We had access to everything we need to make sure we are as prepared as possible."

Ireland squad: Laura Delany (Capt), Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Sarah Forbes, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron (wk) .

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