New Zealand’s all-rounder Anna Peterson has officially announced her retirement from international cricket today on October 5.
Peterson has been phenomenal in batting as well as bowling throughout her decade-long international career in New Zealand’s national squad. Peterson made her debut internationally in 2012 and has since then played 32 WODIs and 33 WT20Is. Her best performance was in 2017 at the second Women’s Twenty20 International match against Australia when she took a hat-trick. She was also part of the New Zealand squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. Anna’s last and final appearance for the White Ferns was at the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
After the announcement, Peterson thanked everyone, “I’ve loved every minute of playing for the White Ferns and representing New Zealand. A massive thanks has to go to my family, friends, coaches, teammates and all those who helped me throughout my international career. The White Ferns have a special team culture and I’ve been privileged to make some lifelong connections in the team while I’ve also enjoyed meeting and competing against players from across the globe.”
Although Peterson will no longer play internationally, she will continue to participate in domestic tournaments. She will continue to represent Auckland Hearts and also work at the North Harbour Rugby as the Rugby Manager for Women and Girls.
“I still feel I have plenty to offer at the domestic level and I’m looking forward to suiting up for the Auckland Hearts again this season. As an experienced member of the Hearts, I’m enjoying giving back to the younger players and watching them embark on their own cricketing journeys.”
New Zealand’s Head Coach Bob Carter stated, “On her day, Anna can hit the ball as far as anyone. She is a great team player and the younger Hearts players are lucky to have someone of her caliber around their environment helping the next generation grow as cricketers and people.”