New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite retires from international cricket after being snubbed from annual contract

Amy Satterthwaite became the first player to benefit from the New Zealand Cricket Board’s maternity provisions in 2019. She played 111 T20Is and 145 ODIs in her 15-year career.

Amy Satterthwaite during the 2017 ODI World Cup in England. (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Amy Satterthwaite will continue to play domestic cricket
  • Satterthwaite represented New Zealand in 111 T20Is and 145 ODIs
  • Satterthwaite will represent Manchester Originals in The Hundred

Former New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite has retired from international cricket after a glittering 15-year career. She made the decision after being told that she would not be offered an annual New Zealand Cricket playing contract for the 2022-23 season.

The 35-year-old, who is New Zealand’s most capped women’s ODI player, will continue to play domestic cricket. Satterthwaite will also feature in England’s The Hundred in August as she has a contract with Manchester Originals.

“It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket,” Satterthwaite said in a statement.

“It has been a tough few days after learning of NZC’s decision to head in a new direction and contract some younger cricketers.

“I am disappointed not to be receiving a contract and believe I still had more to offer, however I respect NZC’s decision and I wish the WHITE FERNS all the best as they embark on an exciting winter of cricket, including the Commonwealth Games. I’ll be supporting them all the way.”

Satterthwaite, a full-time captain for New Zealand in 2018 and 2019, made her international debut in 2007 and went onto play 111 T20Is and 145 ODIs the latter a New Zealand record. She holds a world record-equalling four consecutive ODI centuries in 2016-17, a feat only matched by Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara.

The second highest run-scorer in New Zealand women’s ODI cricket, and the seventh highest of all-time, she struck seven centuries and 27 half-centuries while scoring 4639 runs at 38.33.

In T20I cricket, her 1784 runs are the third highest in New Zealand women’s history, while she still has New Zealand’s best bowling figures of 6-17 against England.

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