White Ferns captain Sophie Devine is all set to make her return to the national team after a much-needed two-month-long break. She is ready to return as the captain of the team as they prepare to face England in September this year. The 31-year old said she needed the break as she did not feel like she was worthy of the team during that time when she withdrew from the game.
“For me I just knew I couldn’t do a job. It’s the same thing as if I broke a leg or pulled my hamstring – if I can’t complete the job to 100% then I need to take a serious look if I’m worthy of being in that team. And at that stage, I couldn’t live up to my role, what I expect of myself, as well as what my teammates expect of me,” Devine said after a training session on Tuesday.
Devine had withdrawn her name from the second face-off between New Zealand and Australia T20I series at McLean Park on March 31 due to fatigue after playing an extensively long season. The skipper had told NZC that she “didn’t think she could do justice to the team or herself”, leading to the board deciding to approve her break. She also made herself unavailable for the ODI series in April.
“I pretty much hid in my own little bubble for probably two months, and really spent that time going back to simple things. Spending time away from cricket, first and foremost, and spending it with loved ones, which was really important. I needed to get back to what makes me feel good as a person and having that time away…I really did switch off from everyone and everything, which I needed to do at that time.”
Speaking on returning to her captaincy role, Devine said, “I think that’s something that stayed throughout when I did give myself time to think about it…I certainly want to continue in this role, and that’s the plan moving forward.”
Sophie Devine has been named as the permanent captain of the national side by New Zealand Cricket in January last year. She replaced Amy Satterthwaite.
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