NZ’s record-setting double-centurion not ready for all-rounder status

She's already got a double century to her name, but 18-year-old Kiwi star Amelia Kerr doesn't feel like she deserves to be labelled an all-rounder just yet.

Kerr was just 17 years and 243 days old when she struck an unbeaten 232 off 145 balls in a one-day match against Ireland last June.

Still striving: A double ton isn’t enough for New Zealand spinner Amelia Kerr to call herself an all-rounder.Credit:PA

That knock saw her become the youngest ever player – male or female – to strike a double century in international cricket.

But the talented leg spinner won't consider herself an all-rounder until she becomes more consistent with the bat.

In 15 knocks in ODI cricket, Kerr has just two scores of note – that unbeaten 232 and an unbeaten 81. Her 13 other scores are all under 31, with seven of those in single figures.

Kerr looms as a danger player for Australia ahead of the three-match ODI series, starting at the WACA Ground on Friday and the rising star is keen to prove her double century wasn't a fluke.

"I always wanted to be an all-rounder and it's something I'm still working on," Kerr said. "I got the opportunity to open the batting that day, so I wanted to do something special. It was a pretty surreal day.

"But I guess it was only one innings and I've got to prove myself consistently at international level against the best sides in the world to feel like a genuine all-rounder."

Australia have held the Rose Bowl Trophy since 2000 and the Kiwis are keen to wrestle it back.

"I wasn't even alive the last time we won it. It's a really big deal for us," Kerr said.

"To win it would be really special.

"We've got some of the world's best players in Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates. So I think we've got to back ourselves and the depth in our squad to be able to challenge the Aussies."


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