White Ferns captain Haidee Tiffen announces retirement

White Ferns captain Haidee Tiffen, a veteran of three Women’s World Cup campaigns – and a member of the victorious 2000 team – has today announced her retirement from all levels of cricket.

Tiffen made her White Ferns debut in 1999 and has played 117 one-day internationals, two tests and nine Twenty20 games in the New Zealand colours.

Tiffen said today that the decision to retire was a difficult one.

“I have not taken this decision lightly – it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now,” she said.
 
“To wear the White Fern and to represent Canterbury for the past 10 years has been a huge privilege, especially having the opportunity to captain both my province and the national team.

“I have so many amazing memories of the game – both successful highs and some gut wrenching lows but I know the experience of them all has shaped the person I am today.”

Tiffen said the 2000 World Cup final victory over Australia in home town Christchurch, where she is a high school teacher, was a high point. “But it was also a thrill to lead the team to the final in the 2009 tournament earlier this month.

“The team has developed so well, and we gave it everything – it was a good time to bow out.”

The 2009 tournament also saw Tiffen achieve her highest score, with an innings of 100 against Pakistan.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Justin Vaughan said Tiffen could be proud of her outstanding record as a player and as a leader of the White Ferns.

“Haidee has been a wonderful ambassador for the game both in New Zealand and internationally,” he said.

“She has a tremendous enthusiasm for the game, and for her fellow players.  She has also been an outstanding performer, recognised as one of the best middle-order batters in the game.  She’s deservedly earned the respect of teams around the world.”

Haidee finishes her international career ranked number nine in the world for her one-day international batting record, with an average of 30.72.

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