White Ferns: Amy Satterthwaite takes break from cricket ahead of arrival of first child with Lea Tahuhu
Lea Tahuhu and Amy Satterthwaite got married in 2017. (Image: Twitter/AmySatterthwait)

Amy Satterthwaite,captain of the New Zealand women’s cricket team, will take time away from cricket to have her first child with wife and fellow White Ferns cricketer Lea Tahuhu.

In a statement released on August 20, Satterthwaite said: “Lea and I are overjoyed to share the news that I’m expecting our first child early in the new year. It is a special time in our lives and we can’t wait for this new chapter.

“I am very lucky to have great support from NZC with regard to taking a break from the game to have a family. I feel I still have a lot to give to the game and look forward to working my way back with an eye on the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand.”

“I look forward to being involved with the White Ferns quad where possible and offering support and knowledge in a mentoring capacity.”

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White expressed his excitement for for Satterthwaite and Tahuhu.

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“As soon as the Women’s Master Agreement (already agreed in principle) is signed off and confirmed, Amy will be announced as one of our contracted White Ferns for the 2019-20 year,” he said. As such, she will be the first player to benefit from the new pregnancy leave provisions included in the new agreement.

“This means she’ll be paid her full retainer throughout and, although possibly fulfilling some off-field contractual obligations, will not be required to train or play.”