New Zealand vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite is pleased that she can return to international cricket in a good time after maternity leave to compete in a familiar area at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021
Before the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, the all-rounder was replaced as a captain by longtime team colleague Sophie Devine. At the start of a four-day training camp, which marks the first resumption of the White Ferns since the suspension, she talked about how disappointed she was no longer being a captain, but that she had focused on her own game and is looking forward to meeting Devine support.
“It was obviously disappointing not to keep the captain, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to do so last year and it is always a real honor to run your country,” she told New Zealand Cricket. “I now have a different focus to be able to play cricket internationally again, and I’m very excited about the challenge ahead.
I’m also looking forward to supporting Sophie, and I’ve always been.” in and around the leadership group in recent years, even when Suzie [Bates] was involved, I think that nothing changes if you offer this leadership in that sense. “
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Satterthwaite has missed the New Zealand T20 World Cup, but since the Cricket World Cup is due to take place in New Zealand next year, she looks forward to participating in a global tournament in her own garden.
“It won’t be much better than having a World Cup at home, will it?” Satterthwaite said. “We are very much looking forward to it and we have a lot of hard work to do by then, and hopefully it will continue, but we are excited to see what this opportunity will offer us as a group.”
Satterthwaite returns to international cricket after a break with the international child, which she – together with wife and teammate Lea Tahuhu – now has to reconcile with the requirements of playing for New Zealand.
“I love it! It’s a big challenge, isn’t it ?!” She replied when asked if she was enjoying motherhood. “But it was a lot of fun. It is worth it, these sleepless nights and that brings with it another challenge and also tries to train. But we are slowly starting to learn the balance and how it works.”