The South African-born Bernadine Bezuidenhout is playing for New Zealand in the ongoing T20I series against Australia.
Bezuidenhout was born in Kimberley and, when 13 years old, moved to George and later Cape Town. An eventual move to Christchurch yielded New Zealand qualification in March 2018.
Proteas vs White Ferns record
She played four ODIs and six T20Is for South Africa before moving to Christchurch and has since played nine matches for New Zealand. Her last eight appearances for the Proteas yielded a mere eight runs.
‘I made the decision to move to New Zealand to further progress my cricketing journey. Playing for the White Ferns was always the ultimate goal. Growing up, I used to watch the White Ferns play on television at World Cups and have always admired how they went about their game. Players like Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine are among the best in the world and are probably the most exciting batters to watch, and I feel my type of game suits well with how the team likes to go about things,’ she told the official New Zealand Cricket website.
New Zealand national selector Kirsty Bond said:
‘Bernadine is an innovative player with a wide skill set and plays that aggressive style of cricket which we believe we need going forward. Bernadine’s also an excellent athlete who is good in the park and that aligns with our intention to build a multi-faceted team-unit, particularly for T20I cricket,’ Bond told the official New Zealand Cricket website.