Kent have announced that former England international Susie Rowe has re-signed for them to play county cricket in 2020.
Rowe, who won 23 England caps between 2010 and 2013, retired from cricket in 2015 to focus on hockey and her day-job as a teacher at King’s School Canterbury. In her time away from cricket, she played hockey for Canterbury in England’s top-tier Premier Division, and is currently Player-Coach of Maidstone Women’s Hockey Club.
On re-joining Kent, with whom she won 5 County Championships between 2004 and 2012, Rowe said:
“The profile of Women’s cricket has massively grown in the past few years and it’s been fantastic to see.”
“With England’s Women’s World Cup win in 2017 and the introduction of the Women’s Hundred, it’s a great time to be involved with the sport and it’s a real motivator for women to get into cricket.”
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to pull on the Kent Women jersey once more, and I’m really looking forward to hitting the ground running back amongst a very talented group here.”
At age 32 (33 in April) an England comeback looks unlikely for Rowe, but a spot in The Hundred would certainly be a possibility for a player who was in some ways ahead of her time – a big hitter before big hitting was really a “thing” in the women’s game – who, caught between the amateur and professional eras, was never quite able to fulfil her potential in the sport.
Didn’t she leave cricket because of a broken thumb? As I recall she posted an x-ray of a thumb bone with a crescent-shaped sliver flaked off. It took her months to recover, cricket and the England team had moved on, and she found solace in hockey. I am really glad to see her back.
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