New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr has pulled out of the upcoming England tour to prioritize her mental health. The White Ferns will be playing three T20Is and five ODIs on the tour and Kerr feels it is the best time for her to take a break.
New Zealand have called up Jess McFadyen and and Claudia Green in the 16-member squad led by Sophie Devine. According to the schedule, the tour will start with the T20I series on September 1 and conclude on 26 September with the fifth and last ODI.
Talking about the break, Amelia Kerr said that she took the decision after thinking a lot and consulting with her close people. “I love representing New Zealand and playing for the White Ferns. 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,” she said in a NZC release.
New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine showed her support to Kerr while understanding that it has been tough for the players in the bio-bubbles over the last year or so. “We’re obviously going to miss Melie in England. 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,” Devine said.