Cricket: Sophie Devine to lead White Ferns in one-day series against South Africa

Sophie Devin replaces Amy Satterthwaite, who has recently given birth to her first child.
Sophie Devin replaces Amy Satterthwaite, who has recently given birth to her first child. Photo credit: Photosport

All-rounder Sophie Devine will take charge of the White Ferns, named as the new captain for their upcoming T20 and one-day series against South Africa. 

Devine was a clear choice to take the captaincy, after serving as vice-captain under previous skipper Amy Satterthwaite, who recently gave birth to her first child.

She will lead New Zealand in three ODIs and five T20s, before next month's 20-over World Cup in Australia. 

The 30-year-old has played 102 ODIs for the White Ferns and 83 T20 internationals, since debuting at 17.

Devine is the third captain in the past 18 months, with Satterthwaite and Suzie Bates previously holding the role. 

"I'm really proud and excited to lead the White Ferns," Devine said. "This is a team I’m deeply passionate about and to have the opportunity to help drive its future is a privilege.

"We've got a good mix of talent and experience in the group, and I'm looking forward to leaning on my fellow senior players to try and build on the good work done by Amy and Suzie Bates."

Coach Bob Carter fully endorsed Devine's appointment and looked forward to working with the new captain.

"Sophie's been an outstanding performer for the White Ferns for more than a decade now, and we feel she’s ready to step up and lead this team.

"She has a sound understanding of the game and, most importantly, holds the respect of her fellow players.

"We believe the leadership can take her game to an even higher level." 

Last year, Devine was named as the Women's Big Bash League player of the tournament, breaking records for the Adelaide Strikers.

Jess Kerr.
Jess Kerr. Photo credit: Photosport

Devine's appointment comes as Carter names his 15-strong squad for the ODI series, starting on January 25 at Eden Park's outer oval. 

Jess Kerr - older sister of current White Fern spin ace Amelia Kerr - is the only potential debutant. 

"To be selected in my first White Ferns squad is a huge honour and it's something I've been working towards for a while," said Kerr, 21.

"To be picked in a squad alongside 'Melie' is pretty special. She's inspired me a lot to get back into playing cricket competitively and push for higher honours.

"I've loved playing alongside her in the Blaze, but to be representing our country together is even more special."