Sara McGlashan is one of the most experienced White Ferns in the current side, having represented the team in over 100 ODIs.
A part of the national side since 2002, she got the call up to the team when she was sitting in a lecture at University. She quickly established herself as a hard-hitting top-order batsman and athletic fielder and helped the side to a number of successes over the years.
Sara started playing cricket against her brother, Peter McGlashan, in the backyard, who also went on to play for the BLACKCAPS.
One of her early highlights was being part of the Central Hinds team that won the One Day competition against a strong Canterbury side a few years ago. Her knock of 54 was crucial and saw her named Player of the Match.
Sara was left out of the White Ferns side in the 2012-13 season, but was determined to fight her way back into the side. She made the shift to Auckland to join the Hearts, where she is also a development office. The shift was a successful one, with McGlashan having a superb domestic season in 2013-14.
Largely behind her efforts with the bat, the Hearts reached both finals and were eventual winners of the Twenty20 final. Her form had demanded a recall to the White Ferns and she was justly rewarded.
She continued her impressive performances for the White Ferns against the West Indies, scoring an unbeaten 60 in her first match back.
With her international career now in its late stages, McGlashan will be looking to finish strong and whether it’s as a player, coach or development officer, one feels she still has plenty to offer the sport.
•Sara is an explosive top-order batsman
•She is one of the best judges of a run in International cricket and has excellent speed and abilities in this discipline
•She is a fast and athletic fielder and is often involved in creating run outs
•Sara currently works at Auckland Cricket as a development officer
Quick fire questions
1. What are three words to describe you? “Cheeky, driven and chilled out.”
2. What do you do in your spare time? “Cricket can be very full on so I enjoy relaxing and catching up with friends and family.”
3. What advice do you have for young women wanting to get into the game? “Train hard and never lose sight of that goal. We have some amazing opportunities to tour the world. It’s hard work becoming a White Fern but once you get there it’s pretty cool.”
Club: East Christchurch Shirley
Favourite ground: Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Most memorable game: Winning State League final 2005/06
Greatest influence on career: Brother, Mike Shrimpton
My favourite holiday destination is... anywhere with a beach, lake or mountain
The best advice I’ve ever received is... if you don’t try you’ll never know
My favourite meal to cook is... any type of stir fry
My favourite food to eat is... mums corn beef
My sporting hero is... Michael Jordon and Tiger Woods
When not playing cricket I love to... play a bit of soccer
When I was young I wanted to be... a teacher
My biggest claim to fame is... being captain of the Puketapu XI
If I won lotto something I would definitely buy would be... a mini cooper convertible