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Cricket news - Rachel Priest loses central contract for 2020-21

Priest was able to manage just 60 runs from 4 games in the T20 WC.

Priest was able to manage just 60 runs from 4 games in the T20 WC.

Experienced keeper-batswoman Rachel Priest has been omitted from the list of centrally contracted New Zealand women players for the period 2020-21. Priest, 34, had returned to the New Zealand Cricket's contract roster last season but couldn't make a mark in the eight international games she played upon return. Her lukewarm returns at the T20 WC - 60 runs from 4 games at 15.00 - has once again cast a cloud on her immediate future in the international game.

The spot vacated by the veteran will be filled by Central Hinds keeper-bat Natalie Dodd and Wellington Blaze quick Jess Kerr, who are first time recipients of national retainers. Both players held Development Contracts in 2019-20 and were tipped to graduate to the senior level in the next cycle. Where Natalie Dodd already has 18 caps for the White Ferns since making her debut in 2010, Jess Kerr, elder sister of Amelia, made her debut earlier this year in the home series against South Africa.

"It's an acknowledgement of hard work and perseverance from both Jess and Natalie, culminating in a fantastic opportunity ahead of them," head coach Bob Carter said after the 17-member list was made public. "Jess was an excellent addition to the group last season and impressed the coaching staff with her work ethic and commitment. We're looking forward to her developing her game over the next 12 months.

"Natalie has impressed over several seasons at the domestic level having been in the top echelon of run-scorers while also showing her ability with the gloves. We see this as an opportunity to work on her skills and hopefully build on an international career that started many years ago.

"I'm happy the majority of our group can remain stable as we look for continual improvement and application from our players. We have an experienced core of White Ferns and want to ensure our younger, less experienced players have the chance to learn from them over the next 12 months."

Bernadine Bezuidenhout is the other player contracted last year to miss out on the retainership for the forthcoming season while Amy Satterthwaite, who is on a maternity break, continues to feature in the elite list of contracted players.

Contracted Cricketers for 2020-21: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

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