Amelia Kerr Out Of England Tour For Her Mental Health
Amelia Kerr, a New Zealand allrounder, has withdrawn from the White Ferns’ upcoming tour of England to focus on her mental health and well-being. New Zealand Cricket announced her withdrawal as they unveiled the squad that will face the hosts in three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals beginning September 2.
“I love representing New Zealand and playing for the WHITE FERNS,” said Kerr. “However, after plenty of consultation with my support network, putting my mental health and well-being first is my number one priority. I’ve not taken this decision lightly – I feel this is best for me at the current time.”
The Mental Health Risk
Kerr’s decision comes as more people are becoming aware of the mental health risks posed by bio-bubbles and quarantine laws, which have become standard on tour. Ben Stokes announced an indefinite hiatus from cricket last week due to mental health issues. Sophie Devine, the New Zealand captain, backed Kerr’s choice.
“We’re obviously going to miss Melie in England,” said Devine. “As a cricketer, she offers plenty in all three aspects of the game and is great fun to have around off the park. Every individual knows how tough the environment is at the moment with Covid-19; time away from family, living in a bio-bubble, or quarantine periods. We’re really fortunate we have great support around us from both New Zealand Cricket and the CPA.
“It’s important we talk openly about it because it can get tough and we need to ensure our players, teammates, and friends are looked after. We’re all wrapping around Melie and know she’ll make a comeback when she’s ready.”
Bob Carter, a New Zealand coach, shared a similar philosophy of putting athletes’ health first. “Player safety is critical, especially in today’s atmosphere,” Carter stated. “It’s critical to pay attention to the athletes’ requirements. Amelia has shown great bravery in making this decision, and I eagerly await her return to the WHITE FERNS when the time comes.”
16-Player Squad for The T20Is and ODIs
New Zealand’s combined 16-player team for the T20Is and ODIs includes wicketkeeper Jess McFadyen and seam bowler Claudia Green, both of whom have received their first call-ups.
New Zealand squad:
- Sophie Devine (c),
- Amy Satterthwaite (vc),
- Suzie Bates,
- Lauren Down,
- Claudia Green,
- Maddy Green,
- Brooke Halliday,
- Hayley Jensen,
- Jess Kerr,
- Katey Martin (wk),
- Leigh Kasperek,
- Rosemary Mair,
- Jess McFadyen* (wk),
- Thamsyn Newton,
- Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu