Wellington, Jun 2 : Wicket-keeper batter Natalie Dodd and pace bowler Jess Kerr on Tuesday were named for the first time in the White Ferns' centrally contracted players list for the 2020-21 season.
Since her international debut in 2010, Dodd has featured in 12 ODIs and six T20Is while Jess made her international debut earlier this year in the home series against South Africa. White Ferns head coach Bob Carter said Kerr and Dodd fully deserved their promotion.
"It's an acknowledgment of hard work and perseverance from both Jess and Natalie, culminating in a fantastic opportunity ahead of them," international.nzc.nz quoted Carter as saying. "Jess was an excellent addition to the group last season and impressed the coaching staff with her work ethic and commitment. We're looking forward to her developing her game over the next 12 months. "Natalie has impressed over several seasons at the domestic level having been in the top echelon of run-scorers while also showing her ability with the gloves, '' he added.
One of the notable omissions from this year's 17-player list is the experienced wicket-keeper batter Rachel Priest, who was a part of the squad at this year's 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia. Bernadine Bezuidenhout is another player from last year's list to miss out on the retention. Meanwhile, White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite, who is currently on a maternity break, kept her place in the contract list. Players offered central contracts for 2020-21: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.(UNI)