White Ferns sister duo Amelia Kerr and Jess Kerr recently appeared on Jimmy Neesham’s podcast called ‘A Neesh Audience’. They spoke about New Zealand’s performance in the recently concluded Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia and expectations for the upcoming ICC World Cup which is to be held in their country next year.
Both the sisters were part of the latest ICC Women’s T20 World Cup team. Amelia played the 2018 T20 World Cup while it was Jess’s first World Cup experience.
New Zealand was allotted Group ‘A’ which included India, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The White Ferns beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh convincingly but had to beat one of India or Australia to progress in the tournament. New Zealand failed to beat either India or Australia falling just short of victory in both games putting an end to their World Cup hopes and continuing their disappointing performances in ICC tournaments.
Both India and Australia went on to play each other in the finals of the World Cup.
Speaking on their lessons from the T20 World Cup, Kerr adds: “If you want to win the World Cup, you’re going to have to beat the best sides in the world.”
Amelia who has been in red hot form was asked why she doesn’t bat up the order. To which she replied: “Growing up I always opened the batting for the teams I played in, so definitely in the future, I want to keep getting up the order and I want to bat as high as possible.”
“At the moment I haven’t proven myself against the best teams in the world and taken the opportunities given to me, but definitely right now I’m doing everything I can to get up the order because I want to be a genuine all-rounder in the future.” She added.
Due to lockdown, the sisters had to practice in their own backyard and their dad acting as the ‘interim’ bowling coach.
“So just in the backyard with Dad, I’ve been getting him to throw me balls every day, so his shoulder’s a bit sore! Also all the fitness work, it’s been a great time to really focus on your fitness and just try to stay injury-free.” Kerr said.