Amelia Kerr is a New Zealand cricketer who plays as an allrounder for the national women’s team (White Ferns). She plays for Wellington Blaze in domestic cricket. In 2018, Kerr made the highest individual score in a WODI match when she scored 232 not out against Ireland, becoming the youngest cricketer, male or female, to score a double century in One Day International cricket.
Athletic since childhood, she grew up playing multiple sports and picked up cricket at the age of 6. She determined to play for White Ferns at the age of 9. Belonging to a family of cricketers, she spent her childhood playing countless matches in the backyard of her home in the Wellington suburb of Tawa, with her father and sister, Jess.The Kerr sister would attend Hawkes Bay Cricket Camp every summer. She attended Tawa College in Wellington. She started off her cricketing journey as a leg-spinner, who often opened the batting in school cricket.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Moss Green
Eye Colour: Dark Blonde
Parents & Siblings
Kerr’s mother, Jo Murray, and father, Robbie Kerr, are both First Class cricketers who played for Wellington at the domestic level. Her elder sister, Jess Kerr, a cricketer who plays for Wellington, was named to New Zealand’s national cricket squad against South Africa women in January 2020. Jess is also a teacher at Tawa Intermediate School in Wellington, New Zealand.
She is unmarried.
Kerr’s maternal grandfather, Bruce Murray, was a Test cricketer who played for New Zealand between 1968 and 1971.
Her cousin, Cilla Duncan, is a former association football player who represented New Zealand at the international level as a central midfielder.
She is rumoured to be dating New Zealand cricketer Nathan Smith.
She made her debut for Wellington Blaze in the Women’s Super Smash (earlier known as New Zealand Women’s Twenty20 Competition). She emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the 2014–15 and 2018-19 seasons of the New Zealand Women’s Twenty20 Competition. Her career highlights include taking a hat-trick against Canterbury Magicians in the final match of the 2020–21 Super Smash.
She made her ODI debut on 9 November 2016 against Pakistan at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln. On 21 November 2016, she made her T20I debut against Pakistan at Saxton Oval, Nelson. She was awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket in August 2018, following the tours of Ireland and England in the previous months. She was named to New Zealand’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies, the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, and the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
At 17, Kerr made the highest individual score in a WODI match when she scored 232 not out against Ireland on 13 June 2018. With the feat, she also became the youngest cricketer, male or female, to score a double century in One Day International cricket. This was also the third-highest individual score, male or female, in an ODI and the second-highest by a New Zealander, male or female, in an ODI. In the same match, she also claimed 5 wickets for 17 runs, her first five-wicket haul in WODIs.
She was part of the New Zealand squad that secured a bronze medal in the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, defeating England by 8 wickets.
Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL)
She played for Southern Vipers in the 2018 Women’s Cricket Super League.
Women’s T20 Challenge
She played for IPL Velocity in the 2019 Women’s T20 Challenge. IPL Supernovas won the tournament, beating IPL Velocity by 4 wickets in the final.
Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)
She played for Brisbane Heat in the 2019 WBBL; Brisbane Heat won the tournament, defeating Adelaide Strikers by 6 wickets. Her impeccable performance led her to be named Player of the Match twice in the season. Thereafter, she was named to Brisbane Heat’s squads for the 2020 and 2022 seasons of WBBL. Brisbane Heat named her the Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2020 and 2022 seasons. She became Player of the Match five times during the 2022–23 season of WBBL.
She played for London Spirit in the 2022 season of The Hundred.
Women’s Premier League (WPL)
In 2023, Kerr was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 1 Crore for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League. Mumbai Indians became the inaugural champions of the WPL, beating Delhi Capitals in the final.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- The Dominion Post & Weltec 2016 Premier College Sportspersons of the Year Award
- ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year (2019) at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards
- The Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling (2019) at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards
- Food: Peanut Butter, Sushi, Smoothies, Bao Buns, and Salads and Protein Pancakes by Two Raw Sisters
- Cricketer(s): Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi
- Holiday Destination: Coolangatta
- Film series: The Lion King
- Amelia has worked as a teacher aide for autistic students at Tawa Intermediate.
- Her jersey number for New Zealand Women is #48.
- Her batting style is right-hand bat and her bowling style is legbreak.
- She has been suffering from mental health issues since childhood. However, it was in 2020, that things went downhill. She started getting panic attacks, anxiety, and then depression. The depths of her experience with mental health became common knowledge when she gave a raw and honest tell-all interview to the NZ website Newsroom in December 2021. Later, she actively involved herself in mental health advocacy and initiatives. She established a website Out of The Rough, to talk about mental health issues. In 2022, she launched a project titled “Treading Water,” produced in partnership with the youth mental health charity I Am Hope. Treading Water was a collection of videos offering insight, advice, and support from people who have all struggled with mental health. Treading Water included the interview and monologue of Kerr as well.
- She loves photography and spends her leisure time exploring the outdoors with her camera. She also likes to play the guitar and sing.
- She has tattoos inked on the backside of the right bicep, on the side of her right wrist, and inside of her left elbow.