Labelled one of the fastest bowlers in the world, Lea Tahuhu has only just begun to terrorise international batting line-ups, and can be an equally fearless tailend bat.
The tall right-armer from Christchurch made her debut for the Canterbury Magicians when she was just 18 and was promoted, after just two years of domestic cricket, to the FERNS and given the job of making the batsmen feel uncomfortable.
Her debut against Australia was a baptism of fire, however, the WHITE FERNS getting well and truly smashed by their foes. It wasn’t all bad, Tahuhu claiming her first wicket and smashing a couple of boundaries at the end of the innings. She also played three Twenty20 matches in 2010, but soon realised she needed to bring down her economy rate after a tough learning experience against the Aussies.
1. How did you get into cricket? It was a primary school teacher that saw me mucking around at school and asked if I wanted to go along to his club and play properly
2. Where were you when you got the news that you’d made the WHITE FERNS team? I was at home about to make dinner
3. Favourite cricket moment / highlight? Playing my first game for New Zealand with my dad in the crowd watching
4. What’s your day job? Administrator at SGS NZ Ltd
5. Do you have any rituals / superstitions? I always like to have the ball in my hand before I turn around at the top of my mark to bowl
6. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Enjoy reading and going to the movies
7. Who inspires you? My family
8. Person you’d most like to have a selfie with? Graham Norton
9. What advice would you give to young budding WHITE FERNS? Never give up. But overall have fun and enjoy yourself!