Annabel Sutherland had advantages early in life but her first Test century shows she has never stopped learning
In terms of sporting provenance stories, having a national cricket board CEO for a father doesn’t hit the inspirational high notes. James Sutherland spent two decades at the top for Cricket Australia and, like some players, probably held on a few years too long. When he did make way, it at least partially cleared the air for his children, Annabel and Will, to pursue playing careers.
No doubt being connected to power in the game opened plenty of doors and gained access to the best development. It gave them a life so entwined with cricket, perhaps attempting to play it was inevitable. The one drawback to all these advantages would be on reaching the top level, where perhaps a player has to do more to justify their presence.
Written by Geoff Lemon at Trent Bridge
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jun/23/australian-women-sutherland-picks-up-perrys-baton under the title “Australia in good hands as Annabel Sutherland picks up Perry’s baton | Geoff Lemon”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.