New Zealand’s teenage prodigy Amelia Kerr has today smashed the record for the highest individual score in Women’s ODI cricket. She also took a five-wicket haul just for good measure too.
Once again the experienced tourists have anhialated their Irish hosts, a side that has amongst it a number of teenagers, including a fifteen-year-old opening bowler who now averages 341.00 with the ball in ODI Cricket. This leads to some serious questions regarding the validity of the records, the futures of Ireland’s teenage bowlers and how they handle such drubbings as well as how much New Zealand actually gain from these matches.
Are such encounters like those in Dublin today, really good preparation for playing stronger opposition?
A counter argument of course, particularly in today’s match will be that Kerr herself is only seventeen-years-old. New Zealand shuffled their batting order in a way that some might describe as disrespectful. New Zealand clearly saw it as an opportunity to present responsibility to players and provide potentially confidence boosting chances to members of their squad. It’s understandable that New Zealand felt the regular top order had little more to gain and that this was a good opportunity to challenge lower order batsmen who hold ambitions of batting higher up the order on a regular basis. They’d earned the right to do this.
Fingers crossed that the likes of Louisa Little, Lara Maritz and Cara Murray can learn from their brutal initiation to international cricket and blossom in the seasons to come.