Kiwi skipper Amy picks Rosemary as key player for Women’s T20WC

New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite, who has taken a break from cricket to have her first child, said she would miss being part of next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, but was hoping to make a comeback ahead of the 2021 50-over World Cup.

Satterthwaite has represented the White Ferns in five editions of the T20 World Cup so far, including their successful campaigns in 2009 and 2010, when they made the final. The 33-year-old expects her child in January 2020, and will not participate in the next edition of the tournament, which begins in February.

“I am going to miss it. But I know I have got some exciting things ahead. You kind of remind yourself about it. With the Big Bash starting and watching on TV, you sort of been itching to be out there. It’s been different, but I’m sure it’ll be good for me in the long run,” she.

When asked about the player who would play a key role for New Zealand in the big tournament, Satterthwaite heaped praise on 21-year-old Rosemary Mair, who has so far featured in three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Satterthwaite particularly praised the right-arm seamer for her debut performance against India in February. In her first over in international cricket, Mair was smashed for 18 runs by India opener Smriti Mandhana. Satterthwaite lauded the youngster for not getting “rocked” after that start, as she came back to return figures of 1/13 in her next two overs, playing an important role in New Zealand’s 31-run victory.

“She’s a young player who’s coming through. Mandhana certainly put her around her boundary in her first game, but she came back later in the match and it shows her character. She’s got a good head on her and a skill set that’s going to be a real asset in these conditions,” said the New Zealand skipper.

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