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White Ferns laud potential of spinner Kerr

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

White Ferns players wonder if they're witnessing the start of one of the great women's cricket playing careers.

The performances of 16-year-old legspinner Amelia Kerr this month earned plaudits as New Zealand swept the five-match one-day internationals.

They also won the tour-ending Twenty20 match in Nelson on Sunday, with Kerr taking 3-16 off her four overs. In the process she became the youngest New Zealander to play a T20 international.

It is the teenager's attitude which stood out most to seasoned teammate Liz Perry.

"Not much phases that kid. She's pretty cool-headed and I just think today was just another game for her," Perry said.

"The rest of us have full confidence that when she comes to the crease, she is going to take wickets.

"That girl is going to do some great things in the future."

Kerr is the granddaughter of former New Zealand opener Bruce Murray. Her parents - Robbie Kerr and Johanna Murray - both represented Wellington.

She played in four of the ODIs, taking six wickets at an average of 20. Improvement was apparent, with four wickets taken in the final game in Nelson.

Kerr isn't looking too far ahead, preferring to focus on Wellington's looming domestic campaign rather than the possibility of touring Australia with the White Ferns in February.

"I've just loved the tour (by Pakistan), it's been a really cool experience," she said.

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