Amelia Kerr to play for Brisbane Heat in WBBL08
Amelia Kerr (R) celebrates after taking a wicket. © Getty Images
New Zealand's young and sensational allrounder Amelia Kerr will join Brisbane Heat for the forthcoming season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), Heat announced on Wednesday (May 18).
The 21-year-old batting allrounder has already featured in 30 matches for the club. She has scored 204 runs and has also bagged 31 dismissals for Heat. Kerr made her debut for Heat back in 2019 in during the fifth edition of the competition. She missed the last season for Heat because of her extended break from the game. She had taken the break to deal for her mental well being.
Former Australian fast bowler and the incumbent coach of Heat, Ashley Noffke, expressed his happiness on Kerr's contract renewal with Heat.
“We were so pleased to see Melie (Amelia Kerr) back smiling and enjoying cricket again and are really looking forward to having her join us for the WBBL,’’ he said. “Her batting during the World Cup was impressive in spite of some challenging conditions and it will be great to see her continue to develop her skills further.”
“We’re excited to have her back in the squad this summer and I think her experience and insights will be very valuable for the group. Our young players will really enjoy the chance to learn from her as they play alongside her,” he added.
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Kerr thanked the club for their constant support, and expressed her jubilation on getting the opportunity to represent the Heat again and feature in the WBBL.
“Ash and the team were in regular contact while I was having a break, and the Heat have been nothing but supportive,” said Kerr. "I kept an eye on how they went last year and so I’m looking forward to coming back to Brisbane and having some fun with the Heat girls.
“The WBBL is an exciting tournament and I’m keen to make the most of the opportunity this summer.”
Riding on her stellar display in the international arena, Kerr bagged the New Zealand ODI Player of the Year award in April.
She amassed 171 runs and also picked up six scalps in the six games that she played for New Zealand in 2021. In addition to that, although White Ferns had a horrendous 2022 World Cup campaign at home, Kerr had a good tournament as she scored 201 runs and also fetched nine wickets in seven matches.
A busy season lies ahead of Kerr as she will feature in the second edition of The Hundred and will be seen in action for London Spirit. She will also represent White Ferns at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.