Australia’s womens captain Meg Lanning has pulled out of Women’s Super League© Getty Images

London: New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu will replace Australia captain Meg Lanning in the Surrey squad for English cricket’s inaugural women’s Super League, it was announced Wednesday. Lanning, arguably the world’s current best female cricketer, was one of the big draw cards in the new Twenty20 competition. But the 24-year-old star batsman pulled out last week after injuring her right shoulder. Now her place has been taken by Tahuhu a right-arm seamer, who will form a multi-national pace attack for the Stars along with South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and Australia’s Rene Farrell. ALSO READ: Meg Lanning: Women’s cricket is on the rise

Tahuhu is set to arrive in England in time for the Stars’ tournament opener away to the Southern Vipers at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl headquarters on Sunday. “Signing a player of the calibre of Lea Tahuhu is a big boost to our squad ahead of our opening match this weekend,” said Surrey Stars general manager, Ebony Rainford-Brent. “Alongside the likes of Natalie Sciver, Laura Marsh, Alex Hartley, Rene Farrell and Marizanne Kapp, we now have a very strong bowling attack and I look forward to seeing them in action,” added Rainford-Brent, herself a former England international.

Tahuhu will be one of 18 overseas players in the tournament, joining the likes of West Indies’ World Twenty20 winners Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews (both Lancashire Thunder)and Stafanie Taylor (Western Storm), as well as Australia fast bowler Ellyse Perry (Loughborough Lightning) and New Zealand captain Suzie Bates (Southern Vipers).