There is big Diamonds news for two GIANTS, with GIANTS Netball shooter and Samsung Australian Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett set to miss the Northern Quad Series with an injury and Kiera Austin receiving the call to join the Diamonds Squad.
Bassett sustained a minor fracture to her left forearm during a practice match in Manchester on Thursday and will spend six weeks in a splint. She is expected to be recovered in time to play the Suncorp Super Netball season opener for GIANTS Netball.
The Diamonds skipper will take no further ‘on-court’ part in the Quad Series, but she will remain in England with the Diamonds throughout the tour and maintain her position of captain of the touring team.
While it is not the news that Australia and GIANTS fans wanted to wake up to, there is a silver lining as Bassett will soon be joined by another GIANTS Netball teammate in England, as shooter Kiera Austin has been elevated into the Samsung Diamonds Squad and will join the team on Sunday as an injury replacement player.
Samsung Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander is disappointed to see Bassett miss the rest of this test series but is confident in the depth of the current team.
“We are upset for Caitlin, and to have her miss this series isn’t ideal, but we’re prepared for situations such as this and I’m confident the team we have playing on Sunday, and for the rest of the series, has what it takes to remain on track throughout this tournament,” she said in a statement issued by Netball Australia.
“Our medical team will work closely with Caitlin to manage and rehabilitate her injury alongside her Suncorp Super Netball Club medical team. We wish to see her make a thorough recovery.”
Alexander said that, while it’s not on ideal circumstances, the selection panel is pleased to elevate Kiera Austin into the Diamonds squad and for her to be joining the team in England as a replacement player on such short notice.
“Kiera was an invitee to our Diamonds squad camp in September and we were very impressed with her performance at this camp, so we’re delighted to have her joining the team for the remainder of this tour,” she said.
Release: Netball Australia