New Zealand wicketkeeper batswoman Rachel Priest has announced her retirement from International Cricket after a 13 year old career with the White Ferns, playing 87 One Day Internationals and 75 T20Is. Altogether, she scored 2,567 runs, including two hundreds and 10 fifties. As a keeper, she finished with 165 dismissals to her name.
Priest was not a regular starter for New Zealand in the last few years. She was handed a central contract last season after a two-year absence, but was omitted in this year’s contracted list of players, which was announced earlier this month. She was a part of the New Zealand squad at this year’s 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, where, in four games, she scored 60 runs.
Priest will now be involved with Cricket Tasmania as a player, having signed a contract with the domestic side. She told the Cricket Tasmania website on Thursday, 18 June, “Having been involved in the White Ferns environment for 13 years, most of it enjoyable, it is with much consideration that I have decided to retire from international cricket.”
Priest will now look to bring her experience to the fore while representing Tasmania in the Australia Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL). She said, “I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my cricketing journey with Cricket Tasmania and the Tigers program and feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity. I’m in a position where I’ve played a fair amount of cricket at the age that I’m at, around the world, so I’m certainly hoping to add some of that experience and bring a bit of the mongrel that (coach Salliann Briggs) spoke to me about. Experience is massive but it’s also about trying to bring a positive belief into the team, where the girls can be whoever they want to be and back themselves when they perform.”