Kerr, who turns 19 just before the start of the WBBL in October, has forged an enviable reputation in her short but action-packed career and the White Ferns allrounder is the first international signing announced for the Heat ahead of the coming WBBL|05 season.
The Wellington allrounder has spent the week in Brisbane training on turf with the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad and attended today’s Brisbane Heat Opening Day at Allan Border Field.
Kerr, who has played 29 ODIs and 24 T20 Ints for New Zealand, joins Australian trio Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen as international players in the Heat squad.
WBBL Heat coach Ashley Noffke said the club was thrilled to announce the signing of Kerr.
“Anyone who has followed cricket would be aware that Amelia is a pretty special talent,’’ he said. “We’ve enjoyed having her with the Queensland Fire squad this week and she demonstrated quite quickly how focused and determined she is.”
“It’s exciting to welcome her into our club and we’re looking forward to seeing her in action when the season gets underway soon,” Noffke said.
A leg-spinner and right-handed bat, Kerr made her debut for New Zealand as a 16-year-old and produced a world record performance a year later in an ODI against Ireland when she hit a remarkable 232 not out and then took five wickets.
At 17 years and 243 days, she became the youngest player - male or female - to score a double-century across formats in international cricket.
Kerr hails from a sporting family, with her grandfather Bruce Murray playing 13 Tests and more than 100 first class games in New Zealand and her mother Jo and father Robbie both represented Wellington in cricket. Her older Jess sister also plays for Wellington.
Kerr said she was delighted to be part of the WBBL this summer.
“I’ve watched it regularly at home and was seriously impressed at the way the Heat won the title last year,’’ she said.
“A lot of the White Ferns players have had the chance to play in the WBBL and I know it is highly regarded around the world. Now I have the chance to play and I’m confident it’s going to be a great experience.”
The first year University student, who was named earlier in 2019 as Cricket New Zealand’s One Day International Player of the Year, has commenced a Bachelor of Arts in education & sociology this year amongst her playing commitments.
She starred in the recent Indian Women’s T20 Challenge, scoring a quickfire 38 before bowling her team to within a whisker of victory at the death, snaring the key wickets of Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Indian batting star Jemimah Rodrigues.
The Heat will open their season on 19 October with a repeat of their thrilling WBBL Final clash, taking on the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval in a primetime fixture that will be broadcast on Channel 7.
This will be followed by a repeat of their dramatic semi-final against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday 20 October at North Sydney Oval.
There will be 23 matches broadcast on Seven, Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports, with the remaining available on cricket.com.au.
Each team will play 14 matches, with the top four playing off in semi-finals before the grand final which will be hosted by the top ranked team.
The WBBL season will commence under lights at North Sydney Oval on October 18 and end with the Grand Final on Sunday December 8.
Tickets are on sale now for WBBL Brisbane Heat home games at Allan Border Field with the Heat taking on the Perth Scorchers on 26 October, the Hobart Hurricanes on 27 October and Melbourne Renegades on 27 November.
WBBL Heat tickets at Allan Border Field will be $10 for adults, $5 for concession with children admitted with a free ticket available at the point of purchase.
Tickets will be available through www.ticketek.com.au
Brisbane will also take on the Adelaide Strikers in matches on 2 and 3 November in Mackay, with both matches being free admission.WBBL|05 Brisbane Heat squad to date: Amelia Kerr (international), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney.