New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite bids farewell to international cricket
Former New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite has announced her retirement from international cricket on Thursday (May 26). New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the development after Satterthwaite was not offered a central contract for the 2022-23 season.
Satterthwaite, who is White Ferns’ most-capped cricketer, will continue to play in the domestic circuit. The Canterbury cricketer will also feature in England’s The Hundred in August as she has a contract with Manchester Originals.
“It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket. It has been a tough few days after learning of NZC’s decision to head in a new direction and contract some younger cricketers. I’m disappointed not to be receiving a contract and believe I still had more to offer; however, I respect NZC’s decision, and I wish the White Ferns all the best as they embark on an exciting winter of cricket, including the Commonwealth Games,” said Satterthwaite in a statement.
“I’m immensely proud of my journey with the White Ferns and especially taking the time away to give birth to our daughter, Grace, before returning to play international cricket. I didn’t know if I would ever make it back to the top level, and I hope my story can inspire other mums and mums-to-be that it is possible to follow your career dreams and start a family,” she added.
The batting all-rounder made her debut in a T20I game against Australia in 2007 and followed it up with an ODI debut just a couple of days later against the same opposition.
Satterthwaite overall played 145 ODIs and 111 T20Is, scoring 4639 and 1784 runs, respectively. She has seven hundreds and 27 half-centuries to her name in the 50-over format. When it comes to bowling, the Christchurch-born has taken 50 wickets in ODIs and 26 in the shortest format.
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