Amelia Charlotte Kerr is a New Zealand cricketer who currently plays for Wellington and New Zealand. On 13 June 2018, Kerr made the highest individual score in a WODI match, and became the youngest cricketer, male or female, to score a double century in One Day International cricket, when she scored 232 not out against Ireland. The double century was also the third-highest individual score, male or female, in an ODI, second-highest by a New Zealander and highest in a Women’s ODI. Later in the same match, she also took 5 wickets for 17 runs, her first five-wicket haul in WODIs
In August 2018, she was awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket, following the tours of Ireland and England in the previous months. In October 2018, she was named in New Zealand’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. Ahead of the tournament, she was named as the player to watch in the team.
In March 2019, she was named as the ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards. In January 2020, she was named in New Zealand’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. In February 2022, she was named in New Zealand’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
In April 2022, she was bought by the London Spirit for the 2022 season of The Hundred. In June 2022, Kerr was named in New Zealand’s team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Representing New Zealand in Women’s Cricket Commonwealth Games she won Bronze medal at Birmingham.
In cross-sport collaboration, NZ bronze winning Cricketer Amelia Kerr is launching her passion project, Treading Water tomorrow in partnership with youth mental health charity I Am Hope. Amelia project is a vulnerable and honest tale of her mental health journey, which sees other NZ athletes do the same in a bid to help others struggling with the same issues know that they are not alone, and help is around the corner.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Amelia Kerr an exceptionally talented, leading New Zealand cricketer, here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her hair care, skin care, her battles with depression & anxiety and, her success story.
You were born in Wellington, New Zealand. Cricket is in your blood. Your grandfather, Bruce Murray, played Test cricket for New Zealand. Your mother Jo and father Robbie both played cricket at the domestic level representing Wellington. Your sister Jess has been named in New Zealand’s national cricket squad against South Africa women. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of women’s cricket setting the record for the highest women’s ODI score with 232 runs. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.
I grew up playing plenty of sports with close friends and family and was always active as a kid. I picked up cricket at the age of 6 and played boys cricket right throughout school. When I was nine I set a goal which was to be a white fern. I have been fortunate enough to represent my country and other teams around the world. My support network has got me to where I am today. I love what I do which makes working hard for easier because I genuinely enjoy the challenge and want to get better each day so I can be the best I can be. I believe hard work is what gets you places so I want to be the hardest worker so I can give myself the best chance to succeed.
It is a dream for a young cricketer to achieve what you did at a very early age. On 13 June 2018, you made the highest individual score in a WODI match, and became the youngest cricketer, male or female, to score a double century in One Day International cricket, when you scored 232 not out against Ireland. The double century was also the third-highest individual score, male or female, in an ODI, second-highest by a New Zealander, and highest in a Women’s ODI. Later in the same match, you also took 5 wickets for 17 runs, your first five-wicket haul in WODIs. Tell us more about this spectacular achievement of yours.
It’s not something that ever really crosses your mind. I had no idea about the record or anything to do with statistics. I got the opportunity that day to open the batting and wanted to make the most of that opportunity. It was a very special day but not something I think about too much.
When I was batting I wasn’t thinking too much it was just see the ball, hit the ball and I had some great partnerships that day with other batters. I didn’t think I was going to bowl that day as I was shattered after batting but then I got to roll the arm over and fortunately picked up some wickets. It was a day where things just seemed to fall into place. I am sure one day I will look back on it more but that might be in 40 years’ time.
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