Cricket in the blood
New Zealand's youngest woman player has entire family focused on this game
Sharjah (UAE), May 18: The new leg-spinner (Amelia Kerr) in New Zealand's woman squad will perhaps be the rare case of her entire family (two sisters, both parents and also grand-father having played cricket).
She becomes the youngest New Zealand women's player at a World Cup, after being chosen in the 15-member squad for the tournament which begins in England from June 24.
"We are very proud of Amelia and her achievement is being selected for the World Cup. It has been a goal of her since she made the Wellington Blaze domestic team three years ago. Now she is focusing to perform well for the team", Amelia's dad, Robbie Kerr, speaking exclusively over his mobile from New Zealand, said.
Interestingly, Amelia's father Robbie played seven First Class matches in New Zealand, he captained the NZ Men's Indoor Cricket team from 1987 to 1998, mother Jo Murray, who is a Sports Development Manager at Athletics Wellington, played for the Wellington Women team (thanks to coach Trish McKelvey, the then captain of the NZ Women's team) when she was 16 through to 21 years of age, before she had a serious knee injury playing net ball.
Amelia's maternal grandfather Bruce Murray played 13 Tests.
Her sister Jess is in the Wellington Blaze team as well. Jess was previously a very good runner but has decided to focus on cricket.
"Amelia has always loved cricket. She started playing when she was six years old in an all boys team where they were friends. She still plays with many of those boys. They are all very supportive of her cricket", the proud father added.
"She has worked hard with her coach Ivan Tissera over the last five years and credits him for much of her success".
"We are all heading over to England to support her", Robbie, now in a coaching role in New Zealand, signed off.