(MENAFN - NewsBytes) New Zealand women's cricketcaptainAmy Satterthwaitetoday announced that she will be taking a break from the sport as she is expecting her first child with wife and teammate Lea Tahuhu.
White Ferns all-rounder Satterthwaite (32) and fast bowler Tahuhu (28) tied the knot back in March 2017 and have been together since 2010.
Here are more details.
Satterthwaite-Tahuhu's first child due January 2020
Satterthwaite announced the news on social media with a picture of a baby onesie, woolen socks and a board that read 'Baby SatterHuhu due Jan 2020'.
In the caption, Satterthwaite wrote, "Lea and I are thrilled to share that I am expecting our first child early in the new year. Words cannot describe how excited we are about this new chapter."
Satterthwaite took to Twitter to make the announcement
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Satterthwaite hopes to return by 2021 World Cup
Further, Satterthwaite noted that she hopes to return for theWorldCup in 2021, to be hosted by New Zealand.
As perNew Zealand Cricket(NZC)'s new pregnancy leave policy, Satterthwaite will not lose her contract or remuneration.
She will miss the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, but she assured she would continue to "mentor" the team during her break.
Lucky to have great support from NZC, says Satterthwaite
NZC chief executive David White said, "She'll be paid her full retainer throughout and, although possibly fulfilling some off-field contractual obligations, will not be required to train or play."
Satterthwaite noted, "I'm very lucky to have great support from NZC with regard to taking a break from the game to have a family," adding that she hopes to be involved with the White Ferns.
Satterthwaite made debut in 2007; became captain last year
Since her debut in 2007, Satterthwaite has played 119 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals for the Kiwis. In 2017, she became the first woman to score a century in four consecutive one-day innings. The 32-year-old took on the role of national team captain last year.
Satterthwaite, Tahuhu got married in March 2017 at Hanmer Springs
Meanwhile, Satterthwaite and Tahuhu had gotten engaged in 2014 a year after same-sex marriage was made legal in New Zealand.
They were married at Hanmer Springs in New Zealand in March 2017 in an intimate ceremony with just family and friends.
Earlier in April this year, women cricketers Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancockgot marriedin a first-of-its-kind Trans-Tasman cricketing union.