Amy Satterthwaite, New Zealand’s most capped female cricketer, announced her retirement from international cricket on Thursday (May 26). She took the decision, after learning that she would not be awarded an annual New Zealand Cricket playing contract for the 2022-23 season.
In 2007, Satterthwaite made her T20I debut against Australia, and two days later, she made her ODI debut against the same opponents. Despite being dismissed for a duck on her ODI debut, she went on to have a successful career in the format. She scored a total of 4639 runs. She has seven centuries in total, four of which were hit in consecutive games. Satterthwaite once registered figures of 6/17 in a game against England – the best figures by a New Zealander in the format.
“It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” said Satterthwaite. “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.”
Satterthwaite, who captained New Zealand in 2018 and 2019, has 145 ODIs and 111 T20Is to her name. She took a year off from international cricket to give birth to her first child in 2019, before returning the following year.
Bryan Stronach, NZC’s GM of High-Performance Cricket, congratulated Satterthwaite on her excellent career. He also confirmed that the team will continue to give younger players an opportunity.
Despite her decision to retire from international cricket, Satterthwaite will continue to play for her local team, Canterbury Magicians. She will also compete in the Women’s Hundred for Manchester Originals in August.