Spinning sensation reflects on stellar tournament
October 5, 2017
The White Ferns’ youngest contracted player Melie Kerr is back in Wellington and preparing for another busy summer, following her superb World Cup efforts in England.
The 16-year-old leg-spinner took 10 wickets at an average of 22 across six games, and was named 12th man in the tournament team.
It was her first major tournament in international cricket since making her debut for the White Ferns against Pakistan last November, and a major step up, but she was not fazed.
“I loved it, it was an amazing experience. I’m lucky to be involved in the team,” Melie said.
The best memory she took from the tournament was getting the wickets of Australian skipper Meg Lanning and teammate Elyse Villani in the space of two balls.
Despite her individual success, the White Ferns had a poor tournament, crashing out in the group stages, and suffering a painful loss to India in their final game. After the game, the dressing room was silent.
“Everyone was pretty disappointed. There was so much belief in the group. We wanted to win so bad, so to not meet expectations was tough to take. Obviously it was disappointing to end the way it did and not make the semi-finals, but it will make us a stronger team moving forward,” she said.
Now back at home, Melie is struggling to get used to being in a classroom all day as exam season approaches. “It’s a dose of reality for me. Sitting in class has been hard. I’d much rather just be out on the field.”