The championship Brisbane Heat have signed Wellington Blaze allrounder Amelia Kerr for the coming stand-alone rebel Women’s Big Bash League this summer.
Kerr, who turns 19 just before the start of the WBBL in October, has forged an enviable reputation in her short but action-packed career and the WHITE FERNS allrounder is the first international signing announced for the Heat ahead of the coming WBBL|05 season.
The Blaze allrounder has spent the week in Brisbane training on turf with the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad and attended today’s Brisbane Heat Opening Day at Allan Border Field.
Kerr, who has played 29 ODIs and 24 T20 Ints for the WHITE FERNS, joins Australian trio Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen as international players in the Heat squad.
WBBL Heat coach Ashley Noffke said the club was thrilled to announce the signing of Kerr.
“Anyone who has followed cricket would be aware that Amelia is a pretty special talent,’’ he said. “We’ve enjoyed having her with the Queensland Fire squad this week and she demonstrated quite quickly how focused and determined she is.”
“It’s exciting to welcome her into our club and we’re looking forward to seeing her in action when the season gets underway soon,” Noffke said.
A leg-spinner and right-handed bat, Kerr made her debut for the WHITE FERNS as a 16-year-old and produced a world record performance a year later in an ODI against Ireland when she hit a remarkable 232 not out and then took five wickets.
At 17 years and 243 days, she became the youngest player – male or female – to score a double-century across formats in international cricket.
Kerr said she was delighted to be part of the WBBL this summer.
“I’ve watched it regularly at home and was seriously impressed at the way the Heat won the title last year,’’ she said.
“A lot of the WHITE FERNS players have had the chance to play in the WBBL and I know it is highly regarded around the world. Now I have the chance to play and I’m confident it’s going to be a great experience.”
The first year University student, who was named earlier in 2019 as New Zealand Cricket’s One Day International Player of the Year, has commenced a Bachelor of Arts in education & sociology this year amongst her playing commitments.
She starred in the recent Indian Women’s T20 Challenge, scoring a quickfire 38 before bowling her team to within a whisker of victory at the death, snaring the key wickets of Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Indian batting star Jemimah Rodrigues.