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Amy Satterthwaite announces her retirement from international cricket

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Ammy Satterthwaite announces retirement from International Cricket 

New Zealand women’s cricket veteran Ammy Satterthwaite has announced her retirement from international cricket on Thursday. NZC confirmed the development after Satterthwaite was not handed a central contract for the 2022-23 season 

Satterthwaite made her international debut in T20I in 2007 against Australia and followed it up with an ODI first appearance two days later against the same opposition. Despite getting dismissed without troubling the scoreboard in her ODI debut, she carved out a phenomenal career in the format to finish with 4639 runs. In total, she has notched 7 centuries, 4 out of which were hit in consecutive games. Despite possessing an average record with bat in T20Is, 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 was New Zealand’s skipper in 2018 and 2019, ends with 145 ODI and 111 T20Is. She took a break from international cricket after the birth of her first child before returning to the field the very next year. 

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," she said. "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."

NZC GM of High Performance Cricket, Bryan Stronach congratulated Amy on her illustrious career and confirmed that the team will be handing out opportunities to young and aspiring players moving forward. “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," he said. "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."

Despite hanging her boots, Amy will continue playing for her domestic side Canterbury Magicians. She will also be seen in action in the Women’s Hundred in August this year for Manchester Originals. 

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