This talented wicketkeeper hails from Taranaki and has made a name for herself with her agile keeping abilities and her strong form with the bat.
Rachel Priest received her first call up to the White Ferns in 2007 to replace Rebecca Rolls who had just announced her retirement. Rachel says it was a bit of a shock to get selected and at the time of the call she was working in an orchard.
Rachel first got into cricket at age eight, playing in the boys team and she says she had a very supportive coach who gave her plenty of field time, which allowed her to develop her skills.
She made her ODI and Twenty20 debuts against Australia in 2007 and says her highlight to date was playing at Lord’s in 2009.
Rachel puts her success down to training hard and believes any young person wanting to reach the top needs to do the same. “You just need to play as much and train as much as you can. Concentrate on the technical game and watch as much cricket as you can.”
When Rachel isn’t playing cricket she is coaching cricket and currently she is thinking about heading to university to study history and become a teacher.
She also wants to say a big thank you to all the White Fern supporters. She says all the kind words of support during the world cups were fantastic and really helped the team succeed.
- Rachel is a hard hitting right hand batsman and a very good wicket keeper.
- She shot onto the International scene with some outstanding cameo innings and she can bat equally at the top or at the end of an innings.
- She has been the White Fern’s number one wicket keeper in the past few series.
Quick fire questions
1. What are three questions to describe you?
“Competitive, comedian and cheerful.”
2. What is your favourite ground to play at?
“I love playing at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.”
3. What is your secret talent?
“I can juggle. I juggle any change I get and I can juggle three things at a time.
Club: Napier Old Boys Marist
Favourite Ground: Pukekura Park
Most memorable game: State League Final 05/06
Greatest influence on career: Parents
My favourite holiday destination is... Brisbane
The best advice I’ve ever received is... there is always another game
My favourite meal to cook is... baked beans on toast
My favourite food to eat is... Thai
My sporting hero is... Roger Federrer
My non sporting hero is... my mum
When not playing cricket I love to... listen to my ipod
When I was young I wanted to be... a police officer
My biggest claim to fame is... I was born in Taranaki
If I won lotto something I would definitely buy... would be a house