Amy Satterthwaite announces international retirement after NZC contract snub

Amy Satterthwaite in action during World Cup 2022 © Getty Images

Amy Satterthwaite has announced her retirement from international cricket on Thursday (May 26). The former captain’s decision came after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) informed her that she won’t be given a playing contract for the 2022-23 season.

The 35-year-old will continue to play for Canterbury Magicians in their domestic competition and she also has a contract with Manchester Originals for the second edition of The Hundred that’s scheduled for August this year.

“It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket. It has been a tough few days after learning of NZC’s decision to head in a new direction and contract some younger cricketers,” Satterthwaite said.

“I am 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. I will be supporting them all the way.”

Sattherthwaite , an elegant left-hander who made her debut in 2007, played 145 ODIs and 111 T20Is and scored 6423 runs including seven centuries and 28 fifties in a career spanning almost 15 years. She captained New Zealand in 25 matches across the two limited over formats.

“Most importantly I want to thank my family: Mum, Dad, Lea (Tahuhu, her wife and New Zealand cricketer) and Grace, for their unconditional support throughout. Without them, it simply wouldn’t have been possible,” Satterthwaite said.

“To all my team-mates past and present, coaches and support staff, I appreciate everything you’ve done to help me as a cricketer and make my time with the White Ferns special.”

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The southpaw’s last international appearance was during the home World Cup in March this year when New Zealand failed to make it past the group stages. Having missed the T20 World Cup 2020 for maternity break, Satterthwaite returned to play for the White Ferns and has had a successful final season with the bat.

“I’m immensely proud of my journey with the White Ferns and especially taking the time away to give birth to our daughter, Grace, before returning to play international cricket,” Satterthwaite added.

“I didn’t know if I would ever make it back to the top level and I hope my story can inspire other mums and mums-to-be that it is possible to follow your career dreams and start a family.”

Satterthwaite is the most capped New Zealand player in ODIs and once scored a record-breaking four consecutive centuries in the format. Her run-tally of 4639 runs in the fifty-over version is the second most – after Suzie Bates – for the country.

Bob Carter, who coached New Zealand till the end of the World Cup 2022, was effusive in his praise of Satterthwaite and congratulated her for the illustrious career she had with the team.

“Amy has been a consistent performer for the White Ferns over a long period of time. Her stats speak for themselves: second highest run scorer in ODI cricket, third most runs in T20Is, and a consecutive century record that will take something special to eclipse,” Carter said.

“On a personal level, I want to thank her for allowing us to share in her experience through motherhood. Grace added a special dimension to the White Ferns environment and she will be proud to hear about her mother’s achievements in the coming years. The commitment, drive and knowledge Amy brought to the team was second to none and I know whatever she turns her hand to next, she will undoubtedly excel at.”

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Bryan Stronach, NZC GM of high performance cricket, also acknowledged Satterthwaite’s contribution to cricket and added that New Zealand are looking to go in a new direction with their team with focus on giving opportunity to younger players.

“Amy will be remembered as one of our best cricketers; her record is outstanding, and she can feel really proud about what she has achieved – not just for herself and the team, but also for all the players she has inspired and enabled,” said Stronach.

“Essentially, we’re looking to the future and want to give some younger cricketers a chance to develop their skills surrounded by our high performance systems. We also considered the immediate playing programme and next pinnacle events – both heavily weighted towards T20I cricket.”

Recently, Katey Martin, long-time wicket-keeper of New Zealand, also decided to quit all forms of cricket after the World Cup exit. NZC also announced that they will be releasing the central contact list for 2022-23 season on May 27.