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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