Amelia Kerr withdraws from New Zealand’s England tour to focus on mental health

All-rounder Amelia Kerr pulled out of New Zealand women’s team’s upcoming tour of England to focus on her mental health and well-being.

“I love representing New Zealand and playing for the White Ferns,” Kerr, who has played 41 ODIs and 41 T20Is, said in a New Zealand Cricket release.

“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.”

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The 16-member squad, led by Sophie Devine, will play three T20Is and five ODIs with the opening T20I on September 1.

“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,” Devine said.

“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.”

Acknowledging the support of the country’s cricket body, Devine said: “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.”

Many international cricketers have spoken about the toll on their mental health arising out of tough life inside bio-bubbles and the accompanying restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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