New Zealand vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite is excited to be making her return to international cricket after maternity leave in time to compete at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 in familiar territory.
The all-rounder was replaced as captain ahead of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 by long-time team-mate Sophie Devine. Speaking at the start of a four-day training camp – which marks the White Ferns first return to action since lockdown – she spoke about how she was disappointed to no longer be captain, but that she had shifted her focus on to her own game and is looking forward to supporting Devine.
"It was obviously disappointing to not retain the captaincy, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to do that last year and it's always a real honour to lead your country," she told New Zealand Cricket. "I've got a different focus now in terms of getting back to being able to play cricket at an international level and I'm really excited about that challenge that lies ahead. Looking forward as well to supporting Sophie and I've always been in and around the leadership group in the last few years, even when Suzie [Bates] was involved so I think that doesn't change in terms of offering that leadership in that sense."
We are back! Our 1st post lockdown camp is underway in Lincoln. Players from @cricketwgtn, @CanterburyCrick and @OtagoVolts are attending the first camp with @aucklandcricket, @ndcricket and @CDCricket players getting set for a camp next week at @BayOvalOfficial #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/tyMcQKbX6V— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) July 13, 2020
Satterthwaite missed New Zealand's T20 World Cup campaign, but with next year's Cricket World Cup scheduled to take place in New Zealand, she is looking forward to competing in a global tournament in her own backyard.
"It doesn't get much better than having a World Cup at home, does it?" Satterthwaite said. "So we're really looking forward to that and we've got a lot of hard work to do between now and then and it hopefully going ahead, but we're really excited about what that opportunity offers us as a group."
Satterthwaite is returning to international cricket after taking time off to have her first child, something she – along with wife and team-mate Lea Tahuhu – is now having to balance with the demands of playing for New Zealand.
"Loving it! It's a big challenge, isn't it?!" she responded when asked if she was enjoying motherhood. "But it's been a lot of fun. It makes it worthwhile, those sleepless nights and that brings a different challenge with that and trying to train as well. But we're starting to slowly learn the balance and how to make it work."
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