Sara Jade McGlashan
March 28, 1982, Napier, Hawke's Bay
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With over 200 international appearances for New Zealand under her belt, Sara McGlashan has had one of the longest-running and most successful careers of any White Fern representative. The brother of fellow New Zealand international Peter McGlashan, she beat him to represent their country by four years when she made her debut in an ODI against the Netherlands in June 2002.
A wicket-keeper batsman who wears the gloves for Central Districts, McGlashan has only kept wicket on a handful of occasions for New Zealand - the last time in July 2004 - and has mainly been included in the national side for her batting, which she strengthened by joining the New Zealand Cricket Academy in late 2002. By the time of the 2005 World Cup she was making a name for herself as New Zealand's best batsman, the only Kiwi to hit a half-century during the tournament as her side reached the semi-finals.
She is one of only a handful of current New Zealander women to have played in a Test, featuring in their last two four-day outings, against India in 2003 and England in 2004. She also played in the first ever Twenty20 International, against England at Hove in August 2004, and quickly took to the shorter form of the game, finishing the 2010 Women's World Twenty20 as the top run-scorer as her half-century against West Indies launched New Zealand into the final of the tournament. An automatic candidate for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League, she was picked up by Sydney Sixers and ultimately hit the final runs that allowed them to qualify for the playoffs, despite losing six games in a row at the start of the tournament.
Her position as one of her country's top players was cemented when she became one of the first women to be awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket in April 2013.
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